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Extracts From Italian Prose Writers.

By: PANIZZI, Antonio.

Price: £175.00

Publisher: John Taylor [publisher of Keats & many of the Romantics], bookseller & publisher to the University 1828.:

Seller ID: 8682

Condition: First Edition, contemporary half green calf over marbled paper sides, spine panelled in gilt and with red morocco label. Dumpy 8vo, ppxii, 558, [2] colophon leaf, binding lightly rubbed or scuffed and some minor wear, but an excellent mellow copy. Endpaper with very neat mid-19th century manuscript inscription 'C. Ure to Maggie Mackinlay'. Margaret Mackinlay went on to marry Sir Thomas William Boord, whose superb large armorial bookplate cut by Charles Sherborn also appears on the endpaper.

Scarce early work by Panizzi, later the outstanding librarian of the British Museum. An uncommon book : published by John Taylor, publisher of Keats & many of the Romantics. The Biblioteca Panizzi in Italy only acquired a copy as recently as 2003 : see Copac listing 8 copies in the UK : and NUC listing 2 copies only in the USA. *** Sentenced to death in Italy for his revolutionary activities, Panizzi fled to London. In 1828 he procured the Italian Professorship at University College and published this Italian reader for his 'scanty flock' of about eight students [see DNB; and see Miller : Pani... View more info

Peacock Displayed : A Satirist In His Context. By Marilyn Butler.

By: PEACOCK, Thomas Love : Marilyn Butler.

Price: £15.00

Publisher: Routledge 1979.:

Seller ID: 7936

Condition: First Edition, gilt boards & striking decorative dws. Portrait & c.pp370, handsome armorial bookplate on endpaper, fine bright copy.

Important ground-breaking study of novelist Thomas Love Peacock 1785-1866 : based on much new research. View more info

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 Sean Jennett, the important historian of printing and book production. 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 edition, unauthorized ... one of the numerous piracies of contemporary verse committed by Henry Hills who, notwithstanding, ... 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 while he was editor of Household Words. 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.


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 shot and shell and rutted with the wheels of the ordinance. He was able to buy two cuirasses for his armoury at Abbotsford. ... 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 in parts are known], means that there are wide differences from copy to copy. This handsome set omits the 26pp Life, and the s... 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 original part-issue plan [virtually no copies in parts are known], has meant that preliminary leaves are sometimes missing. This cop... 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. ** Extensive collections such as this are most unusual. This set is complete bar the very rare To E.S. [20 copies only were issu... 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 common domestic and farm animals : and also including separate chapters on the elephant and on the camel respectively. * The ill... View more info

Days With Sir Roger De Coverley : from The Spectator.

By: THOMSON, Hugh illus.

Price: £5.00

Publisher: Macmillan's 'Cranford Series' 1892.:

Seller ID: 8607

Condition: 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. View more info

The Seasons.

By: THOMSON, James : Isaac Taylor illus.

Price: £36.00

Publisher: London, Suttaby, Evance & Fox; and Baldwin, Cradock & Joy 1818.:

Seller ID: 9456

Condition: 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. View more info

A Book Of Favourite Modern Ballads. Illustrated with 50 engravings from drawings by the first artists [Samuel Palmer, Birket Foster, Harrison Weir &c].

By: VARIOUS Authors.

Price: £135.00

Publisher: W. Kent 1860.:

Seller ID: 8441

Condition: * 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 ... View more info

Secular Poems : including a few pieces by his twin brother Thomas. Edited with notes & bibliography by J. R. Tutin.

By: VAUGHAN, Henry & Thomas : J. R. Tutin.

Price: £42.00

Publisher: Hull, Tutin 1893.:

Seller ID: 7314

Condition: First Tutin Edition, gilt cloth. C.pp98 uncut, very good. 1/500 Small Paper copies.

1/500 Small Paper copies. View more info

The Libelle Of Englyshe Polycye 1436 : a poem on the use of sea-power. Edited by Sir George Warner.

By: WARNER, Sir George ed.

Price: £85.00

Publisher: Oxford, at the Clarendon Press 1926.:

Seller ID: 1113

Condition: 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 p... View more info