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  • A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven et Cie. (eds.): Paris Guide par les Principaux Ecrivans et Artistes de la France

    A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven et Cie. (eds.): Paris Guide par les Principaux Ecrivans et Artistes de la France

    Stock No. 1297BS

    Two volumes, Paris, A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven et Cie., 1867.  8º (180 x 120 mm.).  Volume I, Science et Art: pp. xliv, 902, 27, followed by double-page wood engravings of theatres, iv, [50], this final section mainly adverts.  Volume II, La Vie: pp. xiv, 903-2139, followed by 4 folding wood-engraved maps, [33], again this final section mainly adverts.  Hundreds of wood-engravings with and hors text, full-page ones not included in pagination.  In original publisher’s cloth, decorated in gilt and blind, publisher’s emblem in gilt on lower covers, yellow endpapers.  Internally fine, the bindings with some wear to extremities, upper cover of volume II with 60mm. split at bottom of joint.  Overall a very good set in an original binding which rarely survives.

    £110.00
  • Abercrombie, John: The Gardener’s Pocket Journal and Daily Assistant

    Abercrombie, John: The Gardener’s Pocket Journal and Daily Assistant

    Stock No. 1250BS

    London, Baldwin and Cradock, twentieth edition, 1831.  12º (135 x 81 mm.), pp. viii, 9-282, title preceded by “Observations” leaf and frontispiece.  Contemporary full dark green roan, lettered direct.  Very good condition.

    £50.00
  • Ainsworth, William Harrison: Windsor Castle

    Ainsworth, William Harrison: Windsor Castle

    Stock No. 1114BC

    London, Henry Colburn, New Edition (first one volume edition), 1843.  Illustrated with etchings by George Cruikshank and Tony Johannot and wood engravings after W. Alfred Delamotte.  Pp. x, 324, four-page publisher’s catalogue at back.  Large 8º  (235 x 143 mm.).  In a magnificent (but unsigned) mid-20C. full morocco binding, raised bands lined in gilt, lettered direct, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, wide richly-gilt inner dentelles, silk endpapers and marker.  Internally the odd scattering of light foxing, mainly to the etched plates, otherwise clean, the binding in pristine condition.

    £220.00
  • Akenside, Mark: The Poetical Works of Mark Akenside

    Akenside, Mark: The Poetical Works of Mark Akenside

    Stock No. 1282BS

    Lonson, C. Cooke, no date but c. 1800.  12º (141 x 90 mm.), pp. xxiv, 263, [5] including 4-page publisher’s catalogue at end.  Additional engraved title-page, frontispiece, and three copper engravings, the latest dated 1800.  Tail-pieces.  A fine example of a Cooke binding of the period, full calf (hints of tree-pattern), spine gilt with contrasting lettering-pieces, silk marker, edges yellow.  Upper right-hand section of engraved title-page excised (about 50 x 12 mm.) presumably to remove an ownership inscription, otherwise fine throughout.  Scarce in this condition.

    £45.00
  • Alfieri, Vittorio: Tragedie Scelte

    Alfieri, Vittorio: Tragedie Scelte

    Stock No. 1228BS

    Paris, Vedova Thiériot, 1856.  12º (118 x 75 mm.), pp. xi, 722, [1], half-title present.  Full nineteenth century vellum ruled in gilt, bevelled edges, morocco lettering-piece, red edges, marbled endpapers.  Bookplate of Prince Leopold (1853-1884, son of Queen Victoria) on pastedown.  Vellum soiled but otherwise very good to fine.  From the series, Collezione de Principali Autori e Poeti Classici Italiani.

    SOLD

     

    £0.00
  • Allen, Thomas:  The History and Antiquities of the Parish of Lambeth

    Allen, Thomas: The History and Antiquities of the Parish of Lambeth

    Stock No. 1018BS

    … and the Archiepiscopal Palace in the County of Surrey.  London, Published by J. Allen.  1826.  Large 8º (239 x 145 mm.), pp. xii, 438, [1](list of subscribers).  With two folding maps, many plates (a few coloured), and wood engravings in the text:  complete.  Fine modern half-leather binding over buckram-covered boards, raised bands, red lettering-piece, new endpapers.  19C. marbled edges.  Internally clean save for some islolated foxing, very good to fine.  Minor repairs to maps which are complete and clean.  An excellent copy of a scarce history notable for its profusion of plates.

    £275.00
  • An Account of the Grand Parties given by the Lion, the Dog, the Cat, and the Donkeys, the Butterflies gay, and also the Monkeys.

    An Account of the Grand Parties given by the Lion, the Dog, the Cat, and the Donkeys, the Butterflies gay, and also the Monkeys.

    Stock No. 1070BC

    Illustrated with Fourty-Four Large Coloured Engravings.  Dean and Son, 11 Ludgate Hill.  No date but c. 1859.  The publisher’s own collection of some of their coloured picture books.  48 leaves, each printed on one side only with wood-engraving and letterpress and coloured by hand.  Original publisher’s red cloth decorated in gilt and blind, yellow endpapers.  An excellent copy of a rare book, with no listed copies apart from the V & A one.  Expertly recased, though endpapers appear complete.  Edges of title-page a little browned, otherwise very clean throughout, the odd mark and a few paint smudges on verso of printed pages from the process of hand-colouring.  Corner (max 15mm.) missing from one leaf, well away from printed area.

    Most or all of the series first appeared in the publisher’s Brother Sunshine, Merriment, or Sister Lady Bird Series.

     

    £1,000.00
  • An Old Militia Surgeon: The Gastric Regions and Victualling Department

    An Old Militia Surgeon: The Gastric Regions and Victualling Department

    Stock No. 1118BS

    London, Robert Hardwicke, no date but sole edition, 1861.  8º (190 x 126 mm.), pp. 119.  Publisher’s purple cloth decorated in gilt and blind, green endpapers.  Internally clean, cloth a little darkened at edges and on spine, but essentially a fine copy.  Four-page pamphlet entitled “Fish and Meat Culture” by the same author loosely laid in.

    £60.00
  • Anderson, James, & Lord Egmont: A Genealogical History of the House of Yvery

    Anderson, James, & Lord Egmont: A Genealogical History of the House of Yvery

    Stock No. 1161BC

    A Genealogical History of the House of Yvery; In its Different Branches of Yvery, Luvel, Perceval, and Gournay.  Two volumes, H. Woodfall jun., 1742.  4º (235 x 145 mm.).  Volume I: Books I-V, pp. xxxix, 30, 457 (last page misnumbered 455), mezzotint portrait frontispiece, seventeen genealogical tables hors-texte of which three double-page, three full-page copper engravings, numerous small armorial copper engravings in text.  Volume II: Books VI & VII, pp. [4 – To the Reader], 533, eighteen mezzotint portraits, one engraved portrait of Sir Philip Percival by Toms, six double-page genealogical tables hors-texte (one of which folding), six plates, and more small armorial engravings in text; cancels at pp. 445-448 present; 8pp addenda to p. 452 bound in after p. 452.  Title-pages printed in black and red.  Bound in full nineteenth century red crushed morocco, raised bands within gilt rules, lettered direct, covers with double gilt fillets and corner ornaments, inner dentelles richly gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.  Pencil signatures of E.H. Lefroy, with the note “Bought at Sotheby’s June 1898”.  Some very occasional pale browning to leaves, but a very clean, crisp copy.  The bindings with the slightest wear to extremities.  A fine set.

    James Caulfield remarks in his Calcographiana (1814): “… a very rare book”, and notes that Granger had mentioned a copy selling for four guineas;  “What would have been his astonishment to see a copy sell for thirty-two guineas! which was given by the late Mr. Baker at Mr. Fonnereau’s sale.”  He adds, “Its chief value consists in seventeen Mezzotinto Portraits of the Percival family; and one engraved by Toms of Sir Philip Percival from a picture by Vandyke, which however seldom appears in the book.”  This copy is remarkable and rare in that it contains a total of twenty portraits, the Toms engraving and nineteen mezzotints.

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    £0.00
  • Apperley, Charles James [Nimrod]:  Life of John Mytton

    Apperley, Charles James [Nimrod]: Life of John Mytton

    Stock No. 1029BS

    Memoirs of the Life of the Late John Mytton, Esq. of Halston, Shropshire … With Notices of his Hunting, Shooting, Driving, Racing, Eccentric and Extravagant Exploits.  By Nimrod.  With Numerous Illustrations by H. Alken and T.J. Rawlins.  Second Editon, Reprinted With Considerable Additions from the New Sporting Magazine.  London, Rudolph Ackermann 1837.  8º, pp. ix, 206, [1], 8 (Ackermann’s Catalogue), the preliminaries bound out of order, with an additional engraved title-page and eighteen hand-coloured etchings/aquatints as called for.  Original publisher’s cloth gilt, date at foot of spine, rebacked retaining original backstrip, replacement endpapers.   Internally watermarks affecting the inner corners of some of the pages and many of the plates, but not detracting from the vivid colouring.

    This celebrated work is a factual account of the life of John (“Mad Jack”) Mytton, 1796 – 1834, first published as Memoirs of the Life of the Late John Mytton Esq. in 1835.  Mytton was the epitome of the Regency rake – drinking and gambling to excess, and a fanatical sportsman dedicated to the pursuits of the field.  He had no care for money, and squandered or gave away his entire inheritance.  As well as being impulsive and uncontrollable he was capable of great generosity and kindness.  Moreover he was physically immensely strong and quite fearless.  In the end he was killed by his excesses.  The author, who was his close friend, refers to “the anomaly in human nature which the character of John Mytton presents – at one time, an honour to his nature; at another, a satire on humanity”.

    There is some dispute about which of the three Ackermann editions (first 1835, second 1837, third 1851) is the “best”.  They are distinguished from all later editions by the richness and quality of the hand-colouring of the plates, enhanced by the use of gum arabic.  The first edition had only twelve plates, and three of these were discarded in later editions.  The second and third editions have eighteen plates.  And the third edition has a memoir of Nimrod by Robert Smith Surtees (author of Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour, etc.).

    The present copy has several faults, described above, in view of which it is offered as an inexpensive example of one of the most important plate books of the nineteenth century.

     

    £100.00
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