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BURNS, Robert. The Works.
Edinburgh : 1877-9First William Scott Douglas edition, a very fine edition, well printed on superior paper, and here abundantly extra-illustrated. The edition is described by ODNB as a "splendid, six-volume library edition. The poems in this edition are arranged chronologically, and while it was the most sumptuous yet published it was also the most complete and correct... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 139102
BYRON, Lord. The Works.
London : 1823First edition thus, published the year before Byron's death, here with the dramatic suite of illustrative plates by Richard Westall. Byron was a great admirer of Westall's work, on seeing his illustrations for Don Juan, he remarked; they 'are quite beautifulthe drawings are superbthe brush has beat the poetry'. Later engraved armorial book plate to... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140968
(KELMSCOTT PRESS.) CHAUCER, Geoffrey. The Works.
London : 1974Limited edition, one of 515 copies. A superb copy of the Basilisk Press facsimile of the Kelmscott Chaucer, the most ambitious and magnificent book of the Kelmscott Press. Burne-Jones called the book "a pocket cathedral it is so full of design", and "the finest book ever printed; if W.M. had done nothing else it would be enough." "The Kelmscott Chaucer... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 109804
DARWIN, Erasmus. The Poetical Works.
London : 1806First edition of this posthumous collection placing Darwin's exuberant and eccentric inquiry into the Linnaean system in rhyming couplets alongside his poetic speculations on evolution, the whole much enlivened by numerous plates including a number by Blake and Fuseli. A wide-margined, ?large paper copy in a handsome Regency binding from the library... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 141677
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Dramatic Works of Shakspeare.
London : 1802First Boydell edition. This lavish edition was the brainchild of John Boydell (1720-1804), who had been responsible for the publication in mezzotint of some of the most impressive paintings of the period. He and his nephew Josiah Boydell conceived this set, with typography by Bulmer and paper by Whatman, to be embellished with one series of large and... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 137384
WOLF, Joseph. The Life and Habits of Wild Animals.
London : 1874First edition, large paper issue. Wolf's "pictures are often noted for the astonishing realism of feet, fur, and feather texture, and for their backgrounds, which often include small but perfectly painted subsidiary creatures bickering or otherwise associating in a lively fashion. In the opinion of Sir Edwin Landseer he was 'without exception, the best... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 120461
DRYDEN, John. The Fables …
London : 1796First editions with these Bartolozzi engravings, the only two works illustrated by Lady Diana Beauclerc, here together in handsome contemporary full morocco. Dryden's adaptations of Chaucer and Boccaccio were among the chief reasons for his perhaps surprisingly high place in the esteem of the Romantic poets, especially Coleridge, Keats, Byron and Scott,... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 118718
ANGELO, Domenico & Henry. The School of Fencing with a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions peculiar to the Art.
London : 1787First reduced edition of Domenico Angelo's renowned guide to swordsmanship, which was first published as a sumptuous folio in 1763, undoubtedly one of the most important such works ever issued in English. The editing and compression were undertaken by Domenico's son Henry "under the auspices of his father", who had recently retired to Eton where he... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 139926
TAVERNER, H. T. Charles Dickens: The Story of his Life.
London : 1870Fascinating copy of the first edition of the first posthumous biography of Dickens, signed on the title page and annotated throughout by Dickens's associate, the English journalist Edmund Ollier (1826-1886).
Ollier was a scion of a literary family of some consequence in the course of 19th-century English literature. His father Charles Ollier (1788-1859)... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136324
[SCOTT, Walter.] Landscape Illustrations of the Waverley Novels.
London : 1834New edition of this collection of landscape illustrations from Walter Scott's popular series of novels. Each plate is accompanied by an excerpt from the text and explanation of the image by the artist. Contributors include G. Cattermole, P. Dewint, J. D. Harding, and G. F. Robson, amongst other successful landscape artists, their work etched by the... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 118099
WAUGH, Evelyn. The Holy Places.
London : 1952First edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number 1 of 50 specially bound copies, signed by both the author and illustrator, from a total edition of 950 copies. The Holy Places is based on an article Waugh wrote for Life magazine, "The Plight of the Holy Places," (24 December 1951) after visiting Israel Palestine in 1951 with his friend... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 63077
(BIBLE; English.) MACKLIN, Thomas. The Old [and New] Testament.
London : 1800First edition of the Macklin Bible, "the most ambitious edition produced in Britain, often pirated but never rivalled" (ODNB). This vast undertaking, dedicated to the king, was published in 70 parts, each at 1 1s. (Lowndes). Macklin (1752-1800) issued his prospectus for the bible in 1789; he commissioned new type, new paper, and all the engravings (initially... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 131215
JERVIS, Humphrey. Narrative of a Journey to the Falls of the Cavery;
London : 1834First edition of this uncommon and attractively illustrated work: three copies traced at auction, eight in UK libraries, and two world-wide; the list of subscribers records 256 copies printed.
Jervis was an officer in the 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment of Foot, which was deployed to India in 1830 and was initially garrisoned at Bangalore, helping... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 117250
FORBES, Edwin. Life Studies of the Great Army.
New York : 1876First edition of one of the finest graphic representations of the American Civil War; this copy from the library of a Union army veteran: bookplate of William Bush Blackwell (1837-1922), who served as a first lieutenant and quarter master with the 26th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry (the "2nd Oneida Regiment") and was later a member of the Military... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 114470
HARRIS, William Cornwallis. Narrative of an Expedition into Southern Africa, during the Years 1836, and 1837,
Bombay : 1838First issue of the first Bombay edition, which predates the first London by a year, "scarce" (Czech). Harris was commissioned in the Bombay Engineers in 1823, promoted captain in 1834 and major in 1836. Invalided to South Africa for two years, on the voyage out he joined up with Richard Williamson, a Bombay civil servant, deciding to undertake a big... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 98148
(NONESUCH PRESS.) HERODOTUS. The History of Herodotus of Halicarnassus.
London : 1935First Nonesuch Press edition, limited to 675 copies of which this is number 546, a superb example of book design and presswork. Loosely inserted are the Nonesuch Press prospectus for this edition, and the Autumn 1935 issue of the Nonesuch News, publicising their latest titles. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 141940
MALORY, Sir Thomas. The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur,
Westminster : 1893-4First Beardsley edition, in the original parts, number 70 of 300 deluxe copies on Dutch handmade paper, from a total edition of 1,800. The book was issued in 12 parts in wrappers, with the purchaser given the choice of sending it back to the publisher, who bound them in vellum or cloth, or to a binder of their own.
In 1892, seeking to emulate the... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 136961
(EDUCATIONAL PUZZLE.) HEWLETT, John, & W. Darton (engr.) Engravings for Teaching the Elements of English History and Chronology after the manner of Dissected Maps for Teaching Geography.
London : [c.1800]A complete example of "the earliest dated jigsaw puzzle, apart from maps" (Hannas, pp. 93-94), presumably a reissue from its first appearance in 1787, housed in the publisher's wooden box. Created as a learning aid for children, the puzzle's instructions read: "Directions. 1. Learn to put the heads together in succession. 2. Get the dates of the inner... Learn More£3,600.00
Stock Code: 134323
HOME, Robert. Select Views in Mysore, The Country of Tippoo Sultan; From Drawings taken on the Spot …
London : 1794First edition. Home was practising as a portrait painter in Dublin in the late 1780s when the arrival of a rival, Gilbert Stuart, forced his return to London, and on the death of his wife in 1789; "Home left for India, where he had connections. Leaving his children with relatives, he departed without permission from the East India Company, reaching... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 136881
(HUMBOLDT, Alexander von.) Fine mezzotint portrait by Paul Sigmund Habelmann after the painting by Emma Gaggiotti Richards
Berlin : 1854Rare and very attractive half-length portrait of the great German naturalist, explorer and botanist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), the finest and most impressive version from the oil by Emma Gaggiotti Richards, an oval head-and-shoulders portrait, the original of which is at the Archiv der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. It... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 131927
HUGHES, Griffith. The Natural History of Barbados.
London : 1750First edition of this important and attractive early work on the natural history of Barbados, by the Welsh-born clergyman and naturalist Griffith Hughes (1707-1758?). "In Barbados, Hughes developed the idea of publishing a book on the island's natural history. In 1743 he visited London with the intention of promoting this work and ingratiated himself... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 110849
BUCKINGHAM, James Silk. France, Piedmont, Italy, Lombardy, the Tyrol and Bavaria.
London : 1848First edition of the second part of Buckingham's typically informative travelogue based on his extensive European tour 1846-8, the greater part of which is inevitably taken up with his time in Italy. Well preserved in the attractive publisher's cloth, engraved Fasque bookplates of the Gladstone family to both pastedowns: Fasque was "the Scottish house... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 140771
(SHAKESPEARE.) CRUIKSHANK, George. Subscription card for the Shakespeare tercentenary workmen's memorial.
A one shilling subscription card, this being number 659, to fund the staging of the workmen's memorial to Shakespeare. The card was designed by George Cruikshank, and engraved by the Dalziel brothers. Hosted by the English actor and theatre manager Samuel Phelps (1804-1878), the memorial was an attempt for a great workingman's celebration of the national... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 113612
FORSYTH, William. A Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit-Trees; in which a new method of pruning and training is fully described.
London : 1802First 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... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 114624
HELIODORUS of Emesa. Les Amours de Theagene et Chariclee.
Paris : 1623A fine volume with the suite of engravings from the first Thiboust edition of the popular ancient Greek romance, the Aethiopica of Heliodorus of Emesa. Jacques Amyot's translation of Heliodorus, first published in 1547, introduced the work to France, where it long retained its popularity. The iconography of the Aethiopica is of considerable interest.... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 65944
(BEARDSLEY, Aubrey.) JONSON, Ben. Volpone: or the Fox.
London : 1898First Beardsley edition, deluxe issue copy, being number 29 of 100 copies printed on japon and specially bound in full vellum, with a further 1,000 copies on art paper also issued and bound in blue cloth. In November 1897 Beardsley was commissioned to produce the artwork for a deluxe edition of Volpone, with 24 illustrations including a frontispiece,... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 137872
ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. The Nightingale.
Birmingham : 1896First UK edition of the Merrymount Press production (the US edition was published the same year but in wrappers only), beautifully illustrated by Birmingham arts and crafts artist Mary J. Newill (1860-1947). She was a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists from 1909 to 1923. A diverse artist, she was a teacher of needlework, textile worker,... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 140242
(ALLOM, Thomas, illus.) WRIGHT, George Newenham. China,
London : First edition of "the best-known nineteenth-century work" on China (ODNB). Published the year after the First Opium War ended, Allom's China is concerned mainly with areas of British interest in southern China, including Hong Kong, Macao, Canton and Hunan, though there are also many attractive views of Peking. Allom (1804-1872) originally trained as... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 139807
GRAY, Thomas. Designs for Mr. R. Bentley for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray.
London : 1765Fourth edition overall, expanded from the three editions of 1753 with further Odes, of this large, elaborately illustrated publication of the best-known works of the poet Gray, including the Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard. A presentation copy of H. A. J. Munro's translation of the Elegy into Latin (c. 1873) is tipped-in at the rear endpapers.
"This... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 142136
HURET, Gregoire. Optique de portraiture et peinture, en deux parties,
Paris : 1670First edition, with an appealing near-contemporary French provenance: bookplate and ownership inscription of Hieronimus (Jérôme) Beausire. The Beausires were a famous French architectural dynasty - our Beausire may be Jérôme (1708-1761) architect and son of Jean Beausire, chief of public works in Paris under the Sun King and Louis XV. "The draughtsman... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 96431
BEATTIE, William. Scotland Illustrated,
London : 1838First edition, in a fine contemporary binding incorporating a variety of attractive Scottish motifs. 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... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 113843
CHOISEUL-GOUFFIER, Marie Gabriel F. A., Comte de Voyage Pittoresque de la Grece.
Paris : 1782First edition, first issue, the Discours Préliminaire concluding on the fourth line of page xvi. First volume only, but complete in itself, and without doubt one of the most desirable of all 18th-century works on Greece. A second volume was published in two parts, the first in 1809, and the "final biographical livraison was published posthumously"... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 83997
BECCARIA, Cesare, marchese di. Opere diverse.
Naples : 1770-1First 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 (1776-1854), with his armorial bookplate to the front free pastedown. Hobhouse was appointed permanent under-secretary of state for... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 114251
(WAIN, Louis; Joseph Pennell; Selwyn Image.) A Book of Drawings.
London : 1891A unique and copiously signed copy of this collection of illustrations published by Eleanor and Frederick Trehawke Davies to raise money for "the poor of St Pancras", bound together with a 28-page bookseller's catalogue entitled "Works of Art and Antiques" the cover of which was designed by Selwyn Image, and several pages of ephemera and correspondence... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 104518
HAMILTON, Sir William. Collection of Etruscan, Greek, and Roman Antiquities
Naples : 1766-7 [actually 1767-76]First edition of this magnificent and notably rare work, of which only 100 complete sets were produced, a publication which had an enormous influence on contemporary taste.
Sir William Hamilton (1731-1803), diplomatist and art collector, was appointed British envoy-extraordinary to the Spanish court at Naples in 1764, during that city's Golden... Learn More£160,000.00
Stock Code: 124586
(KAFKA, Franz.) COESTER, Otto. Promĕna. (Metamorphosis.)
Moravia : April 1929Suite of illustrations for the first Czech edition, number 97 of 120 copies only, signed by the illustrator on the half-title in pencil and printed by the Graphic Union in Prague under the supervision of Josef Čapek. The illustrations were drawn by Coester in 1927 and are the first to be created for Kafka's masterpiece. The illustration of The... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 140159
AGRICOLA, Georgius. De re metallica, libri XII:
Basel : 1556First edition. "The first systematic treatise on mining and metallurgy and one of the first technological books of modern times" (PMM). The book is extensively illustrated with a fine series of almost 300 woodcuts, some signed with the monogram "RMD", generally attributed to Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (fl. 1525-1572) or, less commonly, Blasius Weffring.... Learn More£45,000.00
Stock Code: 80925
LOWENFELS, Walter, & Anton Refregier. Song of Peace:
New York : 1959First and limited edition, of 1,000 copies, signed by both author and illustrator, this copy additionally inscribed by Lowenfels on a preliminary blank, "For Sol Mandelblatt, these anecdotes of the service, Walter Lowenfels, Mays Landing his sometime New Jersey home 1962". A most attractive provenance that links Lowenfels (1897-1976), one of America's... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 79776
(RIMBAUD, Arthur.) VIEILLARD, Roger. Hommage A Rimbaud.
Paris : 1945First edition, first printing, inscribed in pencil "à Ralph Kirkpatrick pour 'les possibilités harmoniques' Roger Vieillard amicalement" inside the first blank, including two musical drawings, further drawings on the title page with the caption "pour Ralph Kirkparick" signed with Vieillard's "RV" monogram and dated "1942-1971-1982". This copy number... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 135463
BURNET. John. A Practical Treatise on Painting.
London : 1827First collected edition of "highly respected writer on art" (ODNB)Burnet's best-known works, comprising Practical Hints on Composition (first published in 1822), Practical Hints on Light and Shade (1826), and Practical Hints on Colour (1827). Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 141933
ROSCOE, Thomas. Wanderings and Excursions in South Wales:
London : [1837?]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... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 114542
ELLIS, Sarah Stickney. Social Distinction;
London : First edition of this didactic domestic tale. "The most popular writer of Victorian conduct fiction", Sarah Stickney Ellis (1799-1872) published some 34 books, including educational tracts, conduct manuals, poetry, biographical sketches, and novels (Orlando). With modern sensibilities it is tempting - as many of her female contemporaries did - to dismiss... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 140303
PANVINIO, Onofrio. Veronensis, de ludis circensibus, libri ii. De triumphis, liber unus.
Padua : 1681Fifth edition of this well-illustrated study of Roman circuses, games, and triumphs, by the Italian antiquary and Vatican librarian Onofrio Panvinio (1530-1568). The work is "made up of material which was largely unpublished at the time of the author's death. The two books of De ludis circensibus were intended to form part of the larger study of Roman... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 139706
SCHEDEL, Hartmann. Liber chronicarum.
Nuremberg : 1493First edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle, the most extensively illustrated book of the 15th century, a universally acknowledged masterpiece of complex design.
Compiled by the Nuremberg physician, humanist and bibliophile Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514), the text is a year-by-year account of notable events in world history from the Creation to the... Learn More£87,500.00
Stock Code: 108472
BROWN, Peter. Nouvelles Illustrations de Zoologie … New Illustrations of Zoology,
London : 1776First edition. This is a very well coloured copy of a book which often suffers from indifferent colouring. Peter Brown (fl. 1758-1799), thought to be Danish, was court painter to the Prince of Wales. It is not certain if he studied as a pupil of Georg Ehret (1708-1770), the famous botanical artist from Germany, but he was most certainly influenced by... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 111330
ALLOM, Thomas; George Pickering; Thomas Rose. Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham, and Northumberland, Illustrated.
London and Paris : 1832-35First edition of this delightful collection of views, more than half of which are given over to Lake District subjects, described as being the first album that "featured Wordsworthian sites and sights" (Saeko Yoshikawa, William Wordsworth and the Invention of Tourism, 1820-1900, 2014, p. 174). It was originally issued in 26 parts as a section of Fisher's... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 140668
CUVIER, Georges, & Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon. La Voliere de la Jeunesse,
Paris : 1817First and only edition of this charming juvenile guide to the world's birds, based on the work of Cuvier and Buffon, attractively illustrated with a suite of lively and well-executed, if unsophisticated, plates. Uncommon, with just four sets located in an online search of institutional holdings: no copies traced in the UK, just one in the US. This copy... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 136054
COVARRUBIAS, Miguel. Negro Drawings.
New York : 1927First and limited edition, number 82 of 100 specially bound copies, each with an original signed artwork by Covarrubias, in this case a sketch based on "Chorus Girl" (plate 29). Negro Drawings was an early work from the Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias (1904-1957), following his move to New York in 1924 and subsequent immersion in the Harlem Renaissance.... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 139911
EGERTON, William, first Baron Egerton, of Tatton Park. [Title from binding:] Portraits of Celebrated Persons.
[c. 1853]Highly appealing exemplar of a mid-nineteenth century portrait album, assembled with discernment and a great deal of care by William Egerton, first Baron Egerton of Tatton (1806-1883), carrying in each volume his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper verso and fine armorial bookplate to volume I (the Egerton arms impaled with those of Loftus,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 118091
MAYHEW, Augustus. Paved with Gold.
London : 1858First edition in book form, first published in 13 parts from March 1857 to April 1858. This is considered Mayhew's most significant work, and was the result of a collaborative venture with his brother, the social reformer Henry Mayhew. "Between 1849 and 1852 Augustus assisted Henry in the investigations both for the 'Labour and the poor' series in the... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 118598
BARTOLOMMEI SMEDUCCI, Girolamo. L'America poema eroico.
Rome : 1650First edition of this "magnificent" (Gamba) celebration of the discovery of America, an allegorical epic in ottava rima, forty cantos each of a hundred stanzas, "a sort of Pilgrim's Progress in verse" (Rich).
The work celebrates the heroic wanderings and adventures of Amerigo Vespucci, in avowed imitation of Homer's Odyssey. In his introduction the... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 123372
ZABAGLIA, Nicola. Castelli, e Ponti …
Rome : 1743First edition of this fundamental work for the history of the restoration and maintenance of St Peter's Fabbrica and for an understanding of early building practice. The master mason and engineer Nicola Zabaglia (1664-1750) invented many ingenious mechanical devices to aid restoration. Here he illustrates his techniques, with the help of Giovanni Bottari... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 77359
(BLAKE, William.) GAY, John. Fables.
London : 1793First edition thus, with 12 plates engraved by William Blake; these are sometimes stated to have been designed as well as engraved by Blake, but the illustrations are based largely on designs from earlier editions, particularly those of John Wootton and William Kent for the first edition of 1727. Keynes notes that the first Blake plate, "The Shepherd... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 140405
POE, Edgar Allan. Tales of Mystery and Imagination.
London : 1919First Clarke edition, deluxe signed limited issue, number 106 of 170 copies signed by the illustrator and specially bound in full vellum. Harry Clarke (1889-1931) was a leading figure in the Irish arts and crafts movement, particularly noted for his work as a stained-glass artist. This book, with Clarke's imaginings of Poe's macabre Tales, was the first... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 137514
GENNETÉ, Claude Léopold. Nouvelle construction de cheminées,
Liège : 1760Second 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... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 113696
ESQUIROL, Jean-Étienne Dominique. Des maladies mentales considérées sous les rapports médical, hygiénique et médico-légal.
Paris : 1838First edition of "the first modern textbook of psychiatry" (Norman); this copy of especial interest as including, bound into the first volume, a fine original pencil drawing (dated 1836) of a psychiatric patient, ascribed by a later hand to the engraver Ambroise Tardieu, along with a suite of 19 proof engravings. Tardieu appears to have been responsible... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 128843