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Reliques Of Ancient English Poetry : consisting of Old Heroic Ballads, songs & other pieces of our earlier poets, together with some few of later date. The Fifth Edition.

By: PERCY, Bishop Thomas.

Price: £200.00

Publisher: Rivington, Longman &c 1812.:

Seller ID: 8980

Condition: Sean Jennett Copy.* 5th Edition, 3 Vols, contemporary calf attractively decorated in gilt. Bound without half-titles, Vol 3 upper hinge tender, bindings lightly scuffed, but an excellent mellow copy.


Profoundly important ground-breaking collection of early English Poetry : produced with the assistance of Johnson, Shenstone, Garrick, Goldsmith &c : and of enormous influence on Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Scott and many other Romantic poets. *** Originally published 1765 : this is the first 19thC Edition. Endpapers with an attractive 19thC armorial bookplate of a dragon's head holding a severed bleeding hand : and with 20thC calligraphic-style woodcut booklabel of ... View more info

Pastorals by Mr Philips.

By: PHILIPS, Ambrose : John Sparrow Association.

Price: £175.00

Publisher: London, printed and sold by H. Hills, in Black-fryars, near the Water-side 1710.:

Seller ID: 9523

Condition: John Sparrow Copy.* First Separate Edition, later marbled paper wrappers. 8vo [binding c. 17.5 x 11 cms], pp24 a little browned, cut close at the top just clipping a couple of page numbers, else a very good copy of a fragile piece.


Blank prelim signed in ink by John Sparrow, the notable bibliophile and Warden of All Souls, Oxford. And with his pencil note on the endpaper thus : 'The first separate edition of Ambrose Philips' Pastorals, four of which first appeared in Fenton's Oxford & Cambridge Miscellany [1707 or 1709] and six in the 1709 Tonson's Miscellany (though the order is changed in T. to 2, 3, 1, 4 and the text is changed). This reprints Tonson of course'. *** This is the 'First separate... View more info

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Legends & Lyrics. With an Introduction by Charles Dickens. New Edition. With portrait & 20 engraved illustrations.

By: PROCTER, Adelaide Anne : Charles Dickens.

Price: £175.00

Publisher: George Bell 1875.:

Seller ID: 8436

Condition: 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 whil... View more info

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Irish Bulls: by P. Grierson.

By: RAMPANT LIONS PRESS : Grierson.

Price: £24.00

Publisher: Rampant Lions 1938.:

Seller ID: 1875

Condition: 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'. View more info

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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.

By: RAMPANT LIONS PRESS : Lady Keynes.

Price: £60.00

Publisher: Cambridge, Rampant Lions Press 1970.:

Seller ID: 8595

Condition: 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... View more info

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.

By: RUSKIN, John.

Price: £30.00

Publisher: Orpington, Kent, George Allen 1884 & 1885.:

Seller ID: 9505

Condition: 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. View more info

The Avenue and other verses.

By: SCHOLDERER, Victor.

Price: £24.00

Publisher: Privately Printed 1959.:

Seller ID: 9535

Condition: 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. View more info

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.

By: SCOTT, Sir Walter : and Reginald Heber.

Price: £95.00

Publisher: Scott's Field Of Waterloo, Edinburgh, Constable &c 1815 : Heber's Europe, London, Hatchard 1809 : Gentleman's Magazine, London, John Nichols 1822.:

Seller ID: 9288

Condition: 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... View more info

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Shelley and His Writings.

By: SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe : Middleton, Charles S.

Price: £300.00

Publisher: Newby 1858.:

Seller ID: 9545

Condition: 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. View more info

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The Works.

By: SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe.

Price: £500.00

Publisher: Ascham 1834.:

Seller ID: 5121

Condition: 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 i... View more info

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The Works : with a Life.

By: SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe.

Price: £500.00

Publisher: Ascham 1834.:

Seller ID: 5120

Condition: 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 origina... View more info

The Poetical Works : a new edition. [Foreword by Robert Dodsley].

By: SHENSTONE, William : Robert Dodsley.

Price: £90.00

Publisher: Cadell & Davies 1798.:

Seller ID: 9059

Condition: 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. View more info

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Exalt The Eglantine and other poems. Decorated by Thomas Lowinsky.

By: SITWELL, Sacheverell : Thomas Lowinsky.

Price: £95.00

Publisher: Curwen Press for Fleuron 1926.:

Seller ID: 7762

Condition: 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. View more info

The Brackley Booklets.

By: SITWELL, Sacheverell.

Price: £1,100.00

Publisher: Brackley, Northamptonshire 1972 - 1981.:

Seller ID: 8667

Condition: ** 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. ** ... View more info

Southern Baroque Revisited.

By: SITWELL, Sacheverell.

Price: £65.00

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1967.:

Seller ID: 8219

Condition: * 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'. View more info

The Uses and Abuses of Domestic Animals.

By: SMITH, William.

Price: £75.00

Publisher: London, Jarrold & Sons [1887].:

Seller ID: 9531

Condition: 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 com... View more info

Christmas Card 1992 by Jane Stobart for Lady Patricia Gibberd.

By: STOBART, Jane : Lady Patricia Gibberd.

Price: £12.00

Publisher: Jane Stobart 1992.:

Seller ID: 9432

Condition: 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. View more info

Our Life In The Swiss Highlands.

By: SYMONDS, John Addington.

Price: £55.00

Publisher: Black 1892.:

Seller ID: 7694


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. View more info

[Theatre Ephemera relating to the production of] Mnemonic.

By: THEATRE De COMPLICITE : Simon McBurney.

Price: £25.00

Publisher: Theatre de Complicite 1999.:

Seller ID: 9426

Condition: 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... View more info

The Gardener's Assistant : Practical and Scientific. A guide to the formation and management of the kitchen, fruit and flower garden &c &c.

By: THOMPSON, Robert.

Price: £95.00

Publisher: London, Blackie & Son [1859].:

Seller ID: 9515

Condition: 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 Ordin... View more info