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  • Milton, John; Todd, Henry John (ed.): The Poetical Works

    Milton, John; Todd, Henry John (ed.): The Poetical Works

    Stock No. 1166BS

    The Poetical Works of John Milton.  With Notes of Various Authors; and with Some Account of the Life and Writings of Milton, etc.  Four volumes, 8º (217 x 130 mm.), London, Rivingtons etc., fifth edition, 1852, pp. xxviii, 523; 589; xxiii, 431; viii, 560.  Steel engraved portrait frontispiece after Faithorne in first volume.  Prize bindings of contemporary full tan calf, by White, 70 Piccadilly, with prize label of St. Paul’s School dated 1854 in each volume.  Bindings with triple gilt fillets and floral cornerpieces to covers, gilt bust on upper covers and arms of St. Paul’s School on lower, raised bands richly gilt in compartments with red and green morocco lettering-pieces, inner dentelles gilt, marbled edges and endpapers.  Joints a little rubbed, otherwise a fine set, internally clean and crisp.


  • [Fryer, Edward]: The Works of James Barry, Esq. Historical Painter

    [Fryer, Edward]: The Works of James Barry, Esq. Historical Painter

    Stock No. 1150BS

    2 volumes, 4º (about 280 x 220mm.), London, T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1809.  Sole edition.  Vol. I: portrait frontispiece, pp. vii, 11 plates, 558.  Vol II: frontispiece, 3 plates (the final one folding), pp. 670 + index & corrigenda.  Complete and untrimmed in the original publisher’s grey boards, unlabelled (lettered in ms. to spines).  Foxing and staining to many of the plates, but the text quite clean.  The bindings quite solid but wear to outer joints and head of spine of Vol. II missing.  A good unsophisticated set of an important study, scarce in commerce.  Both volumes signed on title-pages by Sir John Hay (1755-1830)

    “Reflecting changing perceptions about the status of artists, publications devoted to their lives and works were appearing with greater frequency in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  This large two-volume edition is one of the more impressive memorials.  The editor was Dr. Edward Fryer, a physician, who, though a generation younger than Barry, had been a close friend in his later years.  All four of the artist’s books are reprinted, and included as well are his lectures and essays that he had intended for publication.  Introducing the whole is a biography by Fryer, which, structured around the artist’s correspondence, supplies a indispensable factual basis for subsequent studies of Barry’s works.”  (William L. Pressly, James Barry; the Artist as Hero, Tate Gallery, 1983)

  • Shakespeare, William: The Complete Works

    Shakespeare, William: The Complete Works

    Stock No. 1082BS

    London, Oxford University Press, Humphrey Milford, 1930.  8º (181 x 128 mm.), pp. viii, 1352.  Publisher’s full turquoise morocco, all edges gilt, spine decorated in blind and gilt, marbled endpapers.  A very good to fine example of the scarce de luxe binding.

  • (various): Natural History Rambles: Mountain and Moor, Lakes and Rivers, The Lane and Field, Underground, The Sea-Shore, Woodlands, Ponds and Ditches, In Search of Minerals

    (various): Natural History Rambles: Mountain and Moor, Lakes and Rivers, The Lane and Field, Underground, The Sea-Shore, Woodlands, Ponds and Ditches, In Search of Minerals

    Stock No.  1255BS

    London, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1879/1880. 8º (165 x 105 mm).  Set of eight volumes, as follows: Mountain and Moor, 1879, J.E. Taylor, pp. pp 256, 4; Lakes and Rivers, C.O.G. Napier, 1879, pp. 247, 8; The Lane and Field, 1879, J.G. Wood, pp. 246, 4; Underground, 1879, J.E. Taylor, pp. 256, 4; The Sea-Shore, 1879, P.M. Duncan, pp. 256, 4; Woodlands, 1879, M.C. Cooke, pp. 288, 4; Ponds and Ditches, 1880, M.C. Cooke, pp. 254 [2]; In Search of Minerals, 1880, D.T. Ansted, pp. 282, 4.  Publisher’s decorative cloth stamped in gilt and black, black endpapers.  The entire set in good clean state, good to very good condition.   Sold as a set of this series.

  • [Anon.]: The Tour of Doctor Syntax Through London

    [Anon.]: The Tour of Doctor Syntax Through London

    Stock No. 1140BS

    …or the Pleasures and Miseries of the Metropolis.  A Poem. Third Edition, London, J. Johnston, 1820.  Large 8º (254 x 155 mm.), untimmed as issued in original drab boards, 20C. rebacking in purple cloth with new paper label, original endpapers retained, inner hinges reinforced with paper.  Pp. iv, [list of plates], 319.  Vignetted title-page plus 19 full page plates all hand-coloured as called for.  Old ownership signature on first free endpaper and again faintly at head of page 1, small 20C. bookplate of Lawrence Strangman (the noted book-collector) on pastedown, a little very minor offseting from some plates, the odd mark to text; an excellent large copy in very clean and fresh condition, rarely seen in the original boards.

    One of the several imitations of William Combe’s series of Dr Syntax books, the illustrations sometimes attributed to Isaac Robert Cruikshank (George’s brother), though more likely by other illustrators (but definitely nothing to do with Rowlandson!).

  • [Bidpar]: The Fables of Pilpay

    [Bidpar]: The Fables of Pilpay

    Stock No. 1142BS

    The Fables of Pilpay.  Revised edition. With illustrations.  London, Frederick Warne & Co.  No date but c. 1886.  8º (206 x 150 mm.), pp. 274.  Fine vignetted wood engraved head-pieces throughout, also small decorative tail-pieces.  Publisher’s deluxe binding of quarter tan calf over cloth boards, spine and upper board gilt, top edges gilt.  Black endpapers.  A few minor scuffs to spine, otherwise about fine, internally perfectly clean and fresh.

    These largely animal fables have their origins in the Panchatantra, first set down in Sanskrit a couple of centuries before the birth of Christ, and in modern times usually  appearing under the title of The Fables of Bidpar.  The wood engravings are of very fine quality, and seem to be the work of the self-taught Scottish-American engraver Alexander Anderson (1775-1870).




  • [Borrow, George]: Celebrated Trials, and Remarkable Cases of Criminal Juisprudence

    [Borrow, George]: Celebrated Trials, and Remarkable Cases of Criminal Juisprudence

    Stock No. 1207BS

    London, Knight & Lacey.  Six volumes, 8º (197 x 115 mm.), 1825.  First edition.  Pp.Vol. I: xiii, [1], 550, 9 plates, one of which folding; vol. II: v, [1], 574 (last page misnumbered 140), 7 plates; vol. III: vi, 572, 3 plates; vol. IV: v, [1], 600, 5 plates of which 1 folding; vol. V: vi, 684, 4 plates; vol. VI: vii, [1], 576, viii, 6 plates of which 2 folding.  Bound in modern half calf over marbled boards, raised bands, original labels retained, marbled endpapers, contemporary green edges.  A crisp, fine set.

  • [Gillray, James]: [“The Suppressed Plates”]

    [Gillray, James]: [“The Suppressed Plates”]

    Stock No. 1244 BS

    [London, Henry Bohn, 1851].  Folio (635 x 490 mm.), 45 plates on 23 unnumbered sheets, printed by Charles Whiting, no title-page as issued.  Half morocco on marbled boards, marbled endpapers, spine with raised bands gilt in compartments, library bookplate on front pastedown but no other markings, the first plate with a little light foxing, the others quite clean and fresh.  Extremities of binding scuffed and rubbed, binding solid, some loss of marbled paper on lower board.  A very good copy.

  • [Lee, Sarah Bowdich]: Taxidermy: or, the Art of Collecting, Preparing, and Mounting Objects of Natural History for the Use of Museums and Travellers

    [Lee, Sarah Bowdich]: Taxidermy: or, the Art of Collecting, Preparing, and Mounting Objects of Natural History for the Use of Museums and Travellers

    Stock No. 1170BS

    London, Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, fifth edition, 1835.  Author not stated.  Small 8º (165 x 100 mm.), pp. 182, five plates (one as frontispiece and four at end), publisher’s catalogue (pp.16) dated October 1838.  Publisher’s green bubble-grain cloth, spine lettered and blocked in gilt, yellow endpapers, bookseller’s ticket (John Stacy, Norwich) on paste-down, Ownership signature of (Reverend) Thomas Burney with date 1839 and his printed card (?) on front free endpaper.  A few insignificant foxing spots to plates, otherwise a fine, clean copy.

    An important book on the subject first published in 1820 and republished several times.  The author, Sarah Bowdich (née Wallis), (1791-1856), had married the naturalist Thomas Edward Bowdich in 1813.  He died during their travels in Africa in 1824.  Two years later she married Robert Lee after which she sometimes wrote under the name Mrs. Robert Lee.


  • [Stothert, James Augustine]: Footsteps of Spirits

    [Stothert, James Augustine]: Footsteps of Spirits

    Stock No. 1071BS

    Footsteps of Spirits, A Collection of Upwards of Seventy Well-Authenticated Stories of Dreams, Impressions, Sounds, and Appearances. Burns and Oates, London nd but probably 1859 (first edition).  8º (170 x 105 mm.), pp. 132,  contemporary quarter roan (?) over blue pebble-grain cloth, morocco lettering-piece, brown endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed.  The Burns & Oates publication appears to be the first; there was a later edition published by Burns & Lambert.   Boards rather marked, wear to tail of spine, one or two pages carelessly cut, a good solid generally clean copy of scarce book; Copac cites four copies in the U.K.

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