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

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

    Stock No. 1030BC

    Memoirs of the Life of the Late John Mytton 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.  Third Edition With a Brief Memoir of Nimrod by the Author of “Handley Cross”.  London, Ackermann, 1851.  8º, pp. ix, [1], 218, 8 (Ackermann’s catalogue).  Eighteen hand-coloured etchings/aquatints.  Original light green cloth, gilt, all edges gilt.  A fine clean copy with only the slightest wear to the binding, in a later buckram slipcase.

    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.).

    £250.00
  • Apperley, Charles James [Nimrod]: The Life of John Mytton

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

    Stock No. 1028BS

    The Life of John Mytton Esq., of Halston, Shropshire.. with his Hunting, Racing, Shooting, Driving and Extravagant Exploits by Nimrod with numerous illustrations by H. Alken and T.J. Rawlins.  London, George Routledge and Sons.  “The Fourth Edition.”  Undated.  8º, pp. xi, [1], 234, [2 – publisher’s catalogue]; with half-title and additional engraved title-page.  Eighteen hand-coloured tissue-guarded etchings/aquatints.  In a fine 20C. half calf binding, marbled boards, raised bands with morocco lettering-piece, plain endpapers.  A very good copy with the fine, vividly-coloured etchings in clean, bright state.

    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”.

    The early editions of this work are easily identified: the first in 1835, the second in 1837, the third in 1851, all published by Ackermann. Later editions of the nineteenth century can be confusing.  For example, the engraved title-page present in this edition bearing the words “The Fourth Edition” was probably also used for some later editions.  Any copy published by “George Routledge and Sons” must be at least as late as 1858 when this imprint was first used.  From the pagination and the quality of the colouring the present example can be dated at about 1869 or 1870.  After this date the quality of the plates deteriorated noticeably.

    £150.00
  • Ascham, Roger:  The English Works, ed. Bennet

    Ascham, Roger: The English Works, ed. Bennet

    Stock No. 1024BS

    The English Works of Roger Ascham, Preceptor to Queen Elizabeth … With Notes and Observations, and the Author’s Life.  By James Bennet, Master of the Boarding-School at Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire.  London.  Printed for R. and J. Dodsley, 1761.  Pp. 4, [5], xvi, 295.  The scarce first issue (of two) with the dated title-page, no half-title, and the leaf of “Additional Subscribers” omitted in the second (1767) issue.  4º (275 mm.), contemporary full speckled calf, neatly rebacked with new lettering-piece, raised bands.  Bookplates of Robert Walpole Esq. of Lincoln’s Inn (on pastedown) and Samuel Wegg (on free endpaper).

    The dedication, the life, and the notes were written by Samuel Johnson – see A.T. Hazen, Samuel Johnson’s Prefaces and Dedications, p. 19 ff.  It is said that, with typical generosity, Johnson allowed Bennet to take the credit for what is now considered one of his major pieces of editorial work.

    Some foxing/browning to endpapers, internally generally clean.

    SOLD

    £0.00
  • Austen, Jane:  Complete Works (The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen)

    Austen, Jane: Complete Works (The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen)

    Stock No. 1054BS

    Oxford University Press, London, 1959/60 (novels) and 1969 (Minor Works).  6 volumes, 8º, uniform green cloth titled in gilt, decorative wrappers.  Illustrated from contemporary sources.  The best compact modern edition of Austen’s works.  Clean, fresh copies, a little minor foxing to tops or edges of text-blocks, slight fading to spines of wrappers, ink-smudge on back of Minor Works wrapper which is also clipped, dustwrappers of the novels unclipped, overall a very good or better set.

    SOLD

     

     

    £0.00
  • Bacon, Francis: Gardens and Friendship

    Bacon, Francis: Gardens and Friendship

    Stock No. 1083BS

    London, Arthur L. Humphreys, 1910.  Small 8º (143 x 113 mm.), pp. vii, 71, title-page printed in black and red, additional decorative rococo title-page, tipped-in rococo head- and tail-pieces, bound by Hatchards (signed on front inner dentelle) in contemporary or slightly later full green morocco, raised bands, decorated in gilt and blind, wide inner ruled dentelles, grey endpapers. Dentelles offset to endpapers with a few very light spots, otherwise quite clean and crisp – a fine copy.

    The distinctive style of this binding is very similar to that of known examples by Alexander James Vaughan, who studied bookbinding under Douglas Cockerell and later worked for Sangorski & Sutcliffe, and whose was the author of Modern Bookbinding, published in 1950, though I have been unable to trace a link between him and Hatchards.

    SOLD

    £0.00
  • Bacon, G.W.: Illustrated Guide to London and Suburbs

    Bacon, G.W.: Illustrated Guide to London and Suburbs

    Stock No. 1201BS

    London, G.W. Bacon & Co., 127 Strand.  165 x 105 mm.  Pp. viii, 85, followed by 3 pp. adverts.  Brown cloth lettered in black “Bacon’s Handy Guide to London” etc.  Yellow endpapers with two folding maps in pockets.  Wood-engraved vignettes throughout.  The bibliography of these Bacon guides to London is complicated, and this copy does not agree with any institutional one I can trace.  It’s date is probably between 1880 and 1890.  In fine condition, the maps unusually well preserved except for a few minor splits at folds, internally a few very faint spots of foxing, a few old light pencil annotations; (The Houses of Parliament – “disappointing”).  Scarce in commerce and especially in such good condition.

    ON RESERVE

    £175.00
  • Barnes, William: Poems of Rural Life in Common English

    Barnes, William: Poems of Rural Life in Common English

    Stock No. 1157BS

    Macmillan & Co., London, 1868.  First edition, 8º (170 x 120 mm.), publisher’s dark blue cloth lettered and ruled in gilt, brown endpapers, pp. xii, 200, [4], 45, (the last two publisher’s catalogues, the second, main, catalogue dated January 1868).  Inscribed on half-title “Coventry Patmore Esq. fm A. [Alexander] Macmillan”.  (Patmore later wrote a short study of Barnes’s poetry.)  Head and tail of spine worn, some repaired splitting to upper joint, lower cover slightly marked, internally clean.  A good copy.

    £40.00
  • Bateman, Herbert Mayo: The Art of Drawing

    Bateman, Herbert Mayo: The Art of Drawing

    Stock No. 1288BS

    London, Methuen & Co., 1926.  First edition.  Small 8º (168 x 103 mm.), pp. 49, [7], 8 (publisher’s catalogue), 15 half-tones, publishers red cloth, spine gilt, orange printed dustwrapper.  Book fine except for neat ownership inscription dated 1927 on front free endpaper, dustwrapper near fine but price-clipped on spine.

    SOLD

    £0.00
  • Berkeley, George; Alexander Campbell Fraser (ed.): The Works

    Berkeley, George; Alexander Campbell Fraser (ed.): The Works

    Stock No. 1269BS

    Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1871.  Four Volumes.  8º (225 x 144 mm.), pp. xx, 448; 514; viii, 564; xviii, 672.  Errata/addenda slips in volumes II, III and IV.  Engraved frontispiece portrait in volume IV.  Review of this edition from The Nation tipped onto rear endpaper of volume I.  Original brown pebble-grain cloth, spines lettered in gilt.  Spines show Macmillan & Co. as publishers.  Dark green endpapers.  A fine, clean set inside and out, pages unopened in places.

     

    £250.00
  • Bibliotheca Anglo-Poetica

    Bibliotheca Anglo-Poetica

    Stock No. 1249BS

    London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, 1815 (sole edition).  4º (238 x 147 mm.), pp. viii, 481.  Wood-engraved portraits and illustrations in text, wood-engraved capitals.  (Early 20C.?) half morocco on cloth, raised bands to spine, gilt in compartments, marbled edges, plain endpapers, small bookplate of Robert Vaughan on pastedown.  About fine.

    £140.00
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