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101 PROCTER, Adelaide Anne : Charles Dickens. Legends & Lyrics. With an Introduction by Charles Dickens. New Edition. With portrait & 20 engraved illustrations.
George Bell 1875. A Rare Edition : see note below. Handsome 19thC binding by Ramage of full crimson morocco over thick bevelled boards, spine gilt in compartments with rose & crown tooling, sides also elegantly gilt decorated. 4to, c.pp354 a.e.g., occasional very light spotting, binding just faintly scuffed, a fine and very attractive copy of a rare edition. 
Scarce : This 1875 Edition is not noted by Lister : Palmer Catalogue Raisonne. In fact Lister states in the Catalogue Raisonne, published in 1988, that he had found no other edition between the 1866 Edition and the so-called 8th Edition of 1881. Includes the plate Sowing & Reaping after Samuel Palmer : and a portrait of Procter and 19 other full-page plates by Charles Keene, Tenniel, Du Maurier, Millais &c. Edited by Dickens who had published most of Procter's poems while he was editor of Household Words. 
Price: 175.00 GBP
102 RAMPANT LIONS PRESS : Grierson. Irish Bulls: by P. Grierson.
Rampant Lions 1938. Original wrappers with bold woodcut lettering in ochre. Sm.sq.8vo, pp8 stapled into wrappers, as ever staples bit rusty, excellent. 
Early title - only the 7th - issued by Will Carter. Amusing short piece on the oddball sayings, a sort of malapropism of ideas, attributed to the Irish : 'In his family it was hereditary to have no children'. 
Price: 24.00 GBP
103 RAMPANT LIONS PRESS : Lady Keynes. With Love & Eighty Candles : for M. E. K. : Margaret Elizabeth Keynes [wife of Sir Geoffrey Keynes] 1890 -1970. To Celebrate Her 80th Birthday ... a dinner ... at her birthplace Newnham Grange, now Darwin College &c.
Cambridge, Rampant Lions Press 1970. Blue-green wrappers handsomely titled in black. Large Folio [c.29 x 22cms], c.pp24 uncut, previous owner's neat little booklabel on inside of front wrapper, wrappers just a little dulled or dusty, couple of trifling nicks, but overall an excellent copy of a large and vulnerable item. 
Edition Limited to 200 copies only : designed & printed by Will & Sebastian Carter. *** An uncommon Rampant Lions book comprising Poems & Speeches celebrating the 80th birthday of Lady Margaret Keynes. This was an exclusive celebration to which only 38 guests were invited. *** According to the the Rampant Lions catalogue A Printing Workshop, 'This booklet reprinted the invitaton to the birthday dinner (which we had originally printed) in facsimile, the menu (which we had not) and, from standing type, an acrostic sonnet by Jon Stallworthy. (We had already printed this poem in Arrighi-Vicenza, also for private circulation.) The lines of the sonnet begin with the letters of 'Margaret Keynes', since by good fortune the letters in each word exactly tally with the octave and sestet of the Petrachan sonnet. There is also a translation of the poem into Latin by Nicolas Barker with the acrostic duly Latinised'. *** The present work also Includes speeches by Stephen Keynes, Christopher Cornford, John Sparrow, Richard Hume Lord Adrian, and Margaret Keynes. 
Price: 60.00 GBP
104 RUSKIN, John. The Stones Of Venice : Introductory Chapters and Local Indices (printed separately) for the use of travellers while staying in Venice and Verona. Vol 1 the 3rd Edition (revised) 1884. Vol 2 the 2nd Edition 1885.
Orpington, Kent, George Allen 1884 & 1885. 2 Volumes, publisher's original dark green roan gilt. 8vos [bindings c.18 x 12 cms], c.pp310 + 368, with all edges of the text block gilt. Name stamp of William Peers of Bury on blank corner of title-page and on endpaper, and small attractive modern woodcut booklabel on front paste-down. Vol 1 backstrip bit rubbed and joints splitting, Vol 2 in very good condition, both vols very clean and fresh internally. 
Pocket Edition - edited down by Ruskin himself - of the original very extensive text of The Stones Of Venice. 
Price: 30.00 GBP
105 SCHOLDERER, Victor. The Avenue and other verses.
Privately Printed 1959. First Edition, c.pp54 with the top edge gilt, quarter gilt morocco over attractive marbled paper boards. Couple of corners a little scuffed, else an excellent copy. 
100 copies attractively printed by Brooke Crutchley at Cambridge University Press. A series of poems by Victor Scholderer, the well-known Caxton scholar. 
Price: 24.00 GBP
106 SCOTT, Sir Walter : and Reginald Heber. The Field Of Waterloo : a poem [BOUND WITH] Europe : lines on the present war by Reginald Heber [BOUND WITH] The Gentleman's Magazine January 1822 *and* Feb 1822. By Sylavanus Urban, gent.
Scott's Field Of Waterloo, Edinburgh, Constable &c 1815 : Heber's Europe, London, Hatchard 1809 : Gentleman's Magazine, London, John Nichols 1822. 3 Titles, all First Editions, in 1 Volume. First Edition Scott, pp54 but bound without half-title : First Edition Heber, ppviii + 32 but bound without half-title : First Edition Gentleman's Magazine, frontispiece + 3 plates + pp192. Bound together in contemporary half calf, spine elegantly gilt and titled Poems &c, slight wear or rubbing to extremeties of binding, a little dried along hinges and head of upper joint cracking along 1 inch at the top section, else a very good mellow copy. 
Scott was fascinated by Napoleon and later wrote a 7-volume biography of him. This famous poem resulted from Scott's trip to the site of Waterloo - in fact his very first trip abroad - a mere six weeks after the battle. The proceeds of the poem went to support the dependents of those who had been slaughtered there. 'Like many of his generation, he saw the Emperor's defeat by Wellington as the decisive moment of history. At Waterloo, Scott found the ground still torn with shot and shell and rutted with the wheels of the ordinance. He was able to buy two cuirasses for his armoury at Abbotsford. He was given a manuscript collection of French songs, picked up on the battlefield, and two of Napoleon's pistols taken from his carriage . He was conducted over the field by Scottish officers who had fought the action only weeks before. Hitherto Scott's soldiering had been confined to drill with the Edinburgh Volunteer Cavalry, and to his own descriptions of battles in Marmion and Waverley : here was the real thing' [Anderson : TLS 1993]. *** The poem Europe is an early work by Heber, a friend of Walter Scott and later Bishop of Calcutta. *** Neither title is listed in The Sandler Collection. 
Price: 95.00 GBP
107 SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe : Middleton, Charles S. Shelley and His Writings.
Newby 1858. First Edition, 2 Vols, contemporary dark green half calf elegantly panelled and lettered in gilt, marbled paper boards and endpapers. Vol 1 with Errata slip at rear, and with large facsimile (with complicated folding pattern) of Shelley's handwriting. Couple of minor scuffs to bindings, sides just slightly scuffed, blank prelims a little darkened or foxed. Neat repair from the reverse to small tear in facsimile. Overall an excellent bright attractive copy with fresh crisp text. 
Early and very scarce Newby-published Shelley biography. With the Errata slip as described by Wise. 
Price: 300.00 GBP
108 SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Works.
Ascham 1834. With the Engraved Portrait.* First English Collected Edition, 2 vols, contemporary half dark red/brown morocco elegantly gilt. Surface of some morocco-tipped corners rubbed, some other light wear, but a really excellent bright copy, with the text exceptionally clean & bright. With the fine Engraved Portrait : title-page with neat 1840 signature. 
Rare : a piracy, but the first attempt at a Collected Edition. Ascham was 'the first to offer the London reader a nearly complete collection of Shelley's Poems. These volumes prove to be the most interesting of all the pirated editions'. Texts in general are taken from the original authorised editions & are therefore the 'most fully corrected of all the pirated texts'. The complex make-up of the book, deriving from Ascham's original part-issue plan [virtually no copies in parts are known], means that there are wide differences from copy to copy. This handsome set omits the 26pp Life, and the separate title & 6pp prelims to Posthumous Poems. All the other half-titles, separate title-pages, contents leaves &c &c are present. *** Includes the first published reproduction in England of the Curran portrait. See Taylor: Early Collected Editions. 
Price: 500.00 GBP
109 SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Works : with a Life.
Ascham 1834. With the Engraved Portrait.* First English Collected Edition, 2 vols, original mauve fine watered linen, black paper labels lettered in gilt. Engraved Portrait, linen a little faded & browned [typical of this fugitive mauve colour], some slight wear, but an excellent copy of a fragile book. Remnant of bookplate on endpaper : both vols signed Martha Barwick 1875. 
Rare : especially in the original binding as here. A piracy, but the first attempt at a Collected Edition. Ascham was 'the first to offer the London reader a nearly complete collection of Shelley's Poems. These volumes prove to be the most interesting of all the pirated editions'. Texts in general taken from the original authorised editions & are therefore the 'most fully corrected of all the pirated texts'. The complex make-up of the book, deriving from Ascham's original part-issue plan [virtually no copies in parts are known], has meant that preliminary leaves are sometimes missing. This copy, however, is complete with half-titles, separate title-pages, contents leaves &c &c: and also with the anonymous but very good Life. The frontispiece is the first published reproduction in England of the Curran portrait. See Taylor : Early Collected Editions. 
Price: 500.00 GBP
110 SHENSTONE, William : Robert Dodsley. The Poetical Works : a new edition. [Foreword by Robert Dodsley].
Cadell & Davies 1798. First Edition thus, 2 Vols, contemporary speckled calf, spines attractively decorated in gilt and with double green morocco labels. Sm.8vos, bindings lightly scuffed or rubbed in a couple of places, occasional slight soiling of text, overall an excellent mellow and attractive copy. Vol 1 with 2 plates : Vol 2 with half-title : and with 4 plates. 
First Cadell Edition. With 6 plates all by Stothard : and engraved variously by Heath, Neagle, and Bromley. Both volumes with handsome heraldic bookplate signed Anne Pinsell 1807 : endpaper with later neat signature E. A. Stabler dated 1886 : and a neat little modern booklabel. 
Price: 90.00 GBP
111 SITWELL, Sacheverell : Thomas Lowinsky. Exalt The Eglantine and other poems. Decorated by Thomas Lowinsky.
Curwen Press for Fleuron 1926. First Edition, striking orange & pink patterned cloth lettered in gilt, decorative blue & black dws. Sq.8vo, c.pp46 uncut, handsome armorial bookplate on endpaper, a little sunned along backstrip of binding & dws, else an excellent copy of a fragile book. With 18 fine drawings by Lowinsky. 
350 numbered copies handsomely printed by Curwen on quality paper. Fine series of slightly surreal illustrations in Lowinsky's idiosyncatic and somewhat 'pointilliste' style. 
Price: 95.00 GBP
112 SITWELL, Sacheverell. The Brackley Booklets.
Brackley, Northamptonshire 1972 - 1981. ** Includes some Inscribed Presentation Issues and some Signed Issues.** 53 [ex 56] Booklets contained in two custom-made folding boxes in striking Curwen-style patterned papers, and double tan morocco labels. The Booklets were originally issued stapled in variously coloured wrappers : the staples [which tended to rust] have been removed and neatly replaced with sewing. ** A fine collection, very handsomely presented, and all in excellent condition. 
Sitwell had a total of 56 booklets printed privately at Brackley between 1972 and 1981. Most were Limited Editions of c.100 copies only, of which a few were issued numbered and signed [see Ritchie : Sitwell Bibliography A72 &c]. This collection includes five titles dated and inscribed variously 'For Josette with much love from Sachie' : and also includes two of the scarcest titles [of which only 25 and 30 copies respectively were issued] signed & numbered by Sitwell. ** Extensive collections such as this are most unusual. This set is complete bar the very rare To E.S. [20 copies only were issued] : and the final two titles For A Floral Inebriation and Prende La Mia Chitarra [120 copies of each of these titles were issued, of which none were available to the public]. ** A fine collection very handsomely presented in two custom-made folding boxes in striking Curwen-style patterned papers. 
Price: 1100.00 GBP
113 SITWELL, Sacheverell. Southern Baroque Revisited.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1967. * Presentation Copy.* Roy.8vo, c.pp320, neat little endpaper booklabel, gilt cloth, excellent bright copy. Includes 96pp b&w plates showing c.142 subjects + 15 colour plates. 
Inscribed by Sacheverell Sitwell to Patrick Hadley thus : 'For Paddy with love and all good wishes from Sachie. 21 October 1967'. 
Price: 65.00 GBP
114 SMITH, William. The Uses and Abuses of Domestic Animals.
London, Jarrold & Sons [1887]. First Edition, original red cloth with a striking design in black and gilt. C.pp193, an excellent bright copy. With 11 full-page plates and 8 text illustrations. Also with numerous decorative head and tail-pieces, and decorative opening initials. 
Scarce children's book : only 3 copies located in Copac. * A relatively early example of Animal Rights in which Smith states 'man's duty towards all animals kept by him for his use, comfort or pleasure - not forgetting to show the many unnecessary sufferings that are caused to these poor dumb creatures by men and children, through want of thought for, and utter ignorance of, their nature, habits, and requirements.' With chapters on the avoidance of cruelty to many common domestic and farm animals : and also including separate chapters on the elephant and on the camel respectively. * The illustrations are probably by a variety of artists : at least two of the full page plates are by Harrison Weir 1824 - 1906, the highly successful natural history illustrator who was 'steadfast in his devotion to animal welfare' (Ingpen). Weir originated the first cat show, and was an expert breeder and judge of poultry. * The author is most probably William Smith, the Scottish architect of Balmoral Castle. 'Smith's only interests outwith architecture were music, children and animals' (DSA). 
Price: 75.00 GBP
115 STOBART, Jane : Lady Patricia Gibberd. Christmas Card 1992 by Jane Stobart for Lady Patricia Gibberd.
Jane Stobart 1992. White card c. 30 x 25 cms with double vertical fold (z-fold) very boldly printed in red and black, in excellent condition. 
With seasonal greeting A Very Merry Christmas To You strikingly printed in various large sizes of type in black with large decorative characters printed in red. Reverse with ink-stamped Greetings And Love, Patricia Gibberd, Marsh Lane, Harlow, and with 29-word greeting written by Lady Gibberd. Front of card inscribed in pencil by Jane Stobart : Designed & Printed for Lady Gibberd by Jane Stobart '92. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
116 SYMONDS, John Addington. Our Life In The Swiss Highlands.
Black 1892. 
Essays by Symonds and his daughter Margaret. Includes much on Davos : also A Four Days' Sleigh-Drive : Swiss Athletic Sports : and Tobogganing On A Glacier. 
Price: 55.00 GBP
117 THEATRE De COMPLICITE : Simon McBurney. [Theatre Ephemera relating to the production of] Mnemonic.
Theatre de Complicite 1999. Self-sealing plastic bag c. 14 x 12 cms containing a black cotton & silk eye-mask or blindfold together with a large dried leaf. In fine condition. 
With printed label reading : 'Theatre de Complicite / mnemonic / Please do not open until instructed. At the end of the performance place your mask and leaf back in this envelope and leave it on your chair. Thank you'. *** Mnemonic, one of Theatre de Complicite's stunning award-winning productions, intertwined the true story of the discovery in the Tyrolean Alps of the preserved remains of a neolithic man with themes of memory, exile and loss. At one point the audience is required to put on the blindfolds supplied [as here] and travel back through their lives, the lives of their parents and their grandparents and the chain of all their ancestors far behind them, through all the great distances of time. 
Price: 25.00 GBP
118 THOMPSON, Robert. The Gardener's Assistant : Practical and Scientific. A guide to the formation and management of the kitchen, fruit and flower garden &c &c.
London, Blackie & Son [1859]. First Edition, contemporary half calf with green morocco label, over dark green pebble cloth boards. Small folio [binding c. 25.5 x 17 cms], pp.[iii] - xv, verso blank, 774, bound without half-title [?], spine faded and just chipped at extreme head, corners lightly scuffed. Contents very clean and crisp, an excellent solid copy. 
With 12 superb hand-coloured plates as issued : and with 268 woodcut illustrations in the text of plants, layouts, greenhouses, tools and other equipment. *** The hand-coloured plates [engraved by Thomas Dick and by J. W. Lowry] are by Augustus Innes Baker Withers 1792 - 1869, one of the outstanding illustrators of the day. She contributed to many famous works including Bateman's Orchidaceae of Mexico, and Maund's The Botanist. She was appointed Flower Painter in Ordinary to Queen Adelaide and later to Queen Victoria, and for many years exhibited at the Royal Academy. 'Her work is often raised for its accuracy, tight composition and rich use of colour' [Studio Botanika]. 
Price: 95.00 GBP
119 THOMSON, Hugh illus. Days With Sir Roger De Coverley : from The Spectator.
Macmillan's 'Cranford Series' 1892. Third Cranford/Thomson Edition, elegant pictorially gilt cloth. C.pp158 a.e.g., occasional foxing as usual, neat booklabel on endpaper, covers rather faded along foredge. 
With 65 illustrations by Hugh Thomson. First book in the charming 'Cranford Series'. See Ray : Illustrator & Book 296. 
Price: 5.00 GBP
120 THOMSON, James : Isaac Taylor illus. The Seasons.
London, Suttaby, Evance & Fox; and Baldwin, Cradock & Joy 1818. First Edition thus, contemporary burgundy calf with gilt borders, spine elegantly gilt and with black morocco label. Small narrow 8vo [binding c. 13 x 6.5 cms], engraved frontispiece + title + pp.xiv, [16] - 168, blank verso of frontispiece with neat modern booklabel, foot of lower hinge just starting, a very attractive mellow copy. 
Scarce edition. With tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece and engraved title-page by Isaac Taylor after Hamilton and after H. Singleton. With a 14pp Life of Thomson. *** Not listed in Cambridge University Library : see Copac listing 2 copies only. 
Price: 36.00 GBP
121 VARIOUS Authors. A Book Of Favourite Modern Ballads. Illustrated with 50 engravings from drawings by the first artists [Samuel Palmer, Birket Foster, Harrison Weir &c].
W. Kent 1860. * Publisher's Presentation Copy. * Lister copy with armorial bookplate : noted in Lister's Catalogue Raisonne of Samuel Palmer : see note below. * First Kent Edition, striking original red cloth binding by Bone & Son profusely decorated in gilt & blind. 4to, c.pp182 a.e.g., binding lightly scuffed or rubbed here & there. With prelims & last leaf heavily foxed and, as so often, some other generally light scattered foxing or spotting throughout. Excellent copy of a typically fragile cloth-bound 1860s Gift Book. 
* Inscribed by the publisher 'Kate Temple from her affectionate friend Wm. Kent. 6 Dec 1859'. The book includes particularly two illustrations by Samuel Palmer : see Lister's Palmer Catalogue. An outstanding book designed by Joseph Cundall : and employing a complex double printing system by Edmund Evans : and with each page set within a gold border, many with large and elaborate head & tailpieces also in gold all by Albert Warren. McLean describes the book as 'Bibliographically confusing'. In this Kent 1860 Edition 'the illustrations are printed in black with one or two neutral tints, and the decorations, by Albert Warren, in gold : it carries a Preface by Joseph Cundall, who had devised the book, and may have been its true publisher. It makes an extremely handsome volume'. Another edition, in a slightly smaller format, printed in colour but without the decorations in gold, was later issued by Ward, Lock & Tyler : 'It is, in all its forms, a fine book' [McLean : Victorian Book Design p180]. See Lister : Palmer Catalogue Raisonne : B4A noting blue or scarlet cloth. 
Price: 135.00 GBP
122 WARNER, Sir George ed. The Libelle Of Englyshe Polycye 1436 : a poem on the use of sea-power. Edited by Sir George Warner.
Oxford, at the Clarendon Press 1926. Sir George Francis Hill's Copy.* First Warner Edition, green gilt cloth fine and bright. 4to, total c.pp182 uncut. Unusually this copy still with the original drab brown dws - a little nicked & scuffed - lettered in blue. Excellent copy : with 6 plates. 
First modern scholarly edition [with 124pp intro & notes etc] of this important poem. Written during the Wars Of The Roses and 'remarkable as an early attempt to show the political & commercial advantages to be obtained by securing command of the sea'. *** With the attractive bookplate of Sir George Francis Hill 1867 - 1948, Director of the British Museum and a distinguished scholar and author of a number of books on coinage and on art and sculpture. Four of the illustrations in this book show coin-like seals and medals. Hill is particularly known for his work on Renaissance medals, and in particular on the Italian 14th century artist Pisanello. Hill's elegant bookplate here incorporates a Pisanello-style medal or rondel with the words Opus Pisani Pictoris. 
Price: 85.00 GBP
123 WATERLOO : Gerard. Collection De Douze Vues de Waterloo [lithograph plates by Gerard].
Brussels, chez Gerard, lithographe-editeur nd [c.1840s]. Original grey printed paper wrappers. Oblong 4to c. 22 x 28 cms. Comprises 12 lithograph engravings + folding Battle Plan c. 40 x 40 cms with dispositions in colour and texts in French & English. Wrappers just very lightly dusty or marked, engravings just lightly dusty or marked in the margins, tiny prick-hole in extreme top right-hand blank corner of all leaves, an excellent copy of a fragile item. 
No copy in Cambridge University Library : no copy in National Union Catalogue. And not listed in The Sandler Collection. Gerard's lithographs appear to have been issued in a number of formats and combinations. The British Library lists two copies, one with the map as here, and one without : and suggests dates of 1845 and 1850. 
Price: 175.00 GBP
124 WOLSEY : Thomas Storer. The Life & Death of Thomas Wolsey, Cardinall (sic), divided into three parts, His Aspring, Triumph and Death. By Thomas Storer, student of Christ Church in Oxford. Reprinted from the Edition of 1599. With an introducton and notes.
Oxford, Talboys & Wheeler 1826. Second Edition, elegant Regency green morocco gilt. C.pp115 with all edges gilt, binding lightly rubbed and scuffed, mainly around the backstrip, just becoming tender at extreme head of spine, else an excellent attractive copy with clean and crisp text. 
This long poem is Thomas Storer's principal work. Originally published in 1599, : this is its first separate reissue since that time : it includes a 7pp Introduction and 13pp of Notes. *** Thomas Storer 1571 - 1604 was an Elizabethan poet whose work was included in the famous poetical miscellany England's Parnassus of 1600. 
Price: 125.00 GBP
125 WOOLDRIDGE, Dorothy ed. The Poetry Of Toil : compiled by Dorothy Wooldridge.
Faber 1926. Editor's Inscribed Presentation Copy.* First Edition, blue & black marbled cloth gilt. C.pp218, very good. 
Pioneering off-beat anthology. Comprising poems of 'honest labour' depicting a world almost entirely populated by men. Includes a wide range of leading poets, mainly 19th and early 20th century, and virtually all male. The resolutely apolitical choice of material is arranged under heads such as Men, Machines, Description, Idleness, Content, Discontent. *** Inscribed by the editor : 'For Thelma with love from Dorothy. November 1926'. 
Price: 25.50 GBP
126 [BUC'HOZ, Pierre-Joseph]. The Toilet Of Flora [translated from Pierre-Joseph Buc'hoz] : or a collection of the most simple and approved methods of preparing baths, essences, pomatums, powders, perfumes, sweet-scented waters and opiates. With receipts for cosmetics of every kind ... for the use of the ladies. New Edition Improved.
Printed for J. Murray, and W. Nicoll 1775. 2nd English Edition, contemporary speckled calf gilt, neatly recornered and rebacked in calf with red morocco label. Sm.8vo, c.pp[16] + 272, last couple of leaves lightly damp-marked, an excellent mellow copy. Neat little modern booklabel on endpaper : and endpaper very neatly initialled 'A. M. August 21st 1803'. 
Scarce and important book. First published in French 1771 : and in English 1772. For this 2nd English Edition, see NUC listing 5 copies only : and see 18thC STC noting the BL copy only. Later English editions included an engraved plate : none was issued for this improved 2nd English Edition. *** The Toilet of Flora was an important book in the development of natural vegetable-based cosmetics and treatments of every kind. Until this time, 18th century cosmetics, especially French, had particularly featured the heavy use of lead-based white paint and mercury-based rouge. The harmful toxicity of these elements was common knowledge and Kitty Fisher, a famous English beauty, was well-known to have died of lead poisoning in 1767. *** Includes 335 recipes for cosmetics and treatments ranging from An Aromatic Bath to Herb Snuffs. Separate chapters deal with Virgin's Milk, Breath, Nails, Eyebrows, Complexion, Wrinkles, Warts, Perfumes, Powders, Quintessences, Fleas &c &c. *** Buc'holz was a distinguished physician and naturalist, employed among others by the King of Poland, by the brother of the French King, and by the Duke of Artois. He was also the author of a number of illustrated botanical works. 
Price: 575.00 GBP
127 [IMITATION of William Combe / Dr Syntax]. The Wars of Wellington, a Narrative Poem; in Fifteen Cantos. Embellished with Six Engravings coloured from the original Paintings. By Dr Syntax.
London, [printed by Charles Whittingham] for W. T. Gilling 1821. The Rare 1821 Reissue, near-contemporary tan calf over marbled paper sides, spine elegantly gilt, all edges of text block gilt. Large 4to, + 175, title-page faintly dusty and just slightly creased at inner margin, binding a little rubbed or scuffed at extremities, else an excellent mellow copy. With handsome 19th century armorial bookplate of James Waller Sidney with motto Quo Fata Vocant. 
The Rare 1821 Reissue : the title calls for 6 plates, but in this copy only the hand-coloured aquatint of the Storming Of St Sebastians is present [drawn & etched by W. Heath, aquatinted by J. C. Stadler]. *** The Wars Of Wellington was originally issued in 1819 with 30 plates : this 1821 Reissue was provided with a new title-page calling for only 6 plates. The work is an imitation of William Combe's famous series of Dr Syntax narrative poetical works : here the very long narrative poem is supported by extensive factual prose footnotes. See Tooley 154 describing this as A Syntax Imitation; and see Abbey : Life In England 358. *** A rare book : no copy listed in The Sandler Collection. See COPAC listing 2 copies only of the 1819 Edition [in the British Library and at Birmingham] : and no copies at all of this 1821 Reissue. 
Price: 350.00 GBP
128 [RUSSELL, Lord John, 1st Earl Russell]. The Nun Of Arrouca : a tale.
London, John Murray 1822. First Edition, modern quarter morocco lettered in gilt, brown cloth sides. Sm.8vo, pp[2] half-title + [2] title + 87, couple of neat booklabels on endpaper, an excellent copy. 
Rare early novel by the youthful Lord John Russell, later grandfather to the philosopher Bertrand Russell. A radical liberal, Lord John Russell twice headed the British government as a major reforming Prime Minister. In his youth he had several times visited Portugal, where he met Wellington; and had also travelled to Elba to meet Napoleon. In this late-Gothic romantic novella Edward Pembroke, a young English officer serving in the Peninsular War, is wounded while heroically rescuing the nuns of a Portuguese convent from the inevitable depredations of a French squadron. He is nursed to health by one of the nuns, Catherine. They fall passionately in love : she determines to forsake her orders : divine punishment is, naturally enough, meted out when she rapidly succumbs to consumption. According to Summers : Gothic Bibliography : 'Very shortly after publication, the author determinedly suppressed the book, buying up every copy at whatsoever price and destroying it'. See also Block : English Novel. No copy listed in Cambridge University Library, Bodleian Library, or the National Union Catalogue. Not listed in The Sandler Collection. 
Price: 400.00 GBP
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