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BELL Gertrude ()
The Arab of MesopotamiaEnquire
First edition. With a map frontispiece. 12mo. Original green cloth, gilt lettering to upper cover; mild bubbling to cloth, some of the gilt lettering worn away, very good otherwise. [vi], 202 pp. Basrah, Published by the Superintendent Government Press.
DUGDALE William (1676])
The Baronage of England, or an Historical Account of the Lives and most memorable Actions of our English Nobility in the Saxons time, to the Norman Conquest; and from thence, of those who had their rise before the end of King Henry the Third’s Reign. Deduced from Publick Records, Antient Historians, and other Authorities, by William Dugdale Norroy King of Arms. Tome the First. [- Tome the Second.]Enquire
First Edition. 2 vols. in 1. Folio. [Text: 412 x 230 mm]. 790, [2 (index); , 312 [Ss-Zz4 are omitted], 361-488, [4 (index)] pp. Light browning, occasional minor stains. Contemporary binding by Roger Bartlett of Oxford of black morocco, the covers tooled in gilt with a tall roll-tooled “cottage-roof” panel, the roof formed by strawberry volutes with clusters of strawberry volutes and a fleuron hanging from the eaves, leafy sprays and flowers in the corners and centre of the long sides. Spine with six bands, the second panel lettered in gilt on a red goatskin label with a pair of gilt stepped corner tools below, the third and sixth panels filled with repeated gilt impressions of a strawberry roll, the others with a central lozenge formed by a pair of fleurons with the stepped triangular corner tools in the corners. Comb-marbled endleaves. All edges gilt, with an original, although rather simple, fore-edge painting under the gilt of flowers and leaves drawn in ink and coloured in pink and light blue (joints rubbed, particularly at the bands and cracked in the top and bottom panels, corners slightly bumped).
London by Tho. Newcomb, for Abel Roper, John Martin, and Henry Herringman, 1675 [-
SPARE Austin Osman; COLLINGS Ernest H.R. Introduction (1913)
The Book Of Pleasure (Self-Love). The Psychology Of Ecstasy. Austin Osman Spare 1909-1913Enquire
First edition. Sm. Folio, blank, illustrated title page, introduction, [1p], Definitions', frontispiece, 59pp., [1p.], profusely illustrated with plates, in the text and printed marginalia, in the original cloth covered flexible boards stamped in white on the upper board, untrimmed edges. London, N.p [Self-Published], Co-operative Printing Society,
HILL John (1756)
The British Herbal: an History of Plants and Trees, Natives of Britain, cultivated for beauty. By John Hill, M.DEnquire
First Edition. Large Folio. Text and plates with watermark of a fleur-de-lis with countermark "IV". [Text: 409 x 252 mm]. , 533, [3 (index)] pp. Engraved frontispiece and seventy-five engraved plates by various engravers, all with careful contemporary hand-colour. One or two small wormholes in the lower inner corner of the first 50pp (almost imperceptibly going through some of the images) and in the fore-margin of the last few leaves. Otherwise a lovely, fresh copy. Bound in 1765 (see below) in mottled calf, comb-marbled endleaves (rebacked, original spine label preserved, the other panels tooled in gilt to style; inside joints strengthened with cloth; corners worn; the surface of the leather affected by the mottling acid and a little scuffed).
The frontispiece designed by Samuel Wale and engraved by H. Roberts depicting "The Genius of Health receiving the tributes of Europe Asia Africa and America and delivering them to the British Reader" has been carefully hand-coloured (though with some oxidisation on the faces) and the name of artist ("S. Wale delin.") carefully scratched-out and that of the colourist "St George Molesworth pinxit" added by hand. The Rev. St George Molesworth (1731-1796), grandson of the 1st Viscount Molesworth, was the absentee vicar of Northfleet, Kent (presented Feb. 1763) and d. at Hamburg.The vignette on the title designed by Wale and engraved by Charles Grignion depicting "Aesculapius and Flora gathering from the Lap of Nature, Health and Pleasure" has also been carefully hand-coloured and there is a tiny ink cypher "[?E]B pinxt." opf the colourist added beneath. Neat manuscript ink note on the title beneath the imprint "Finished and bound in ye year MDCCLXV" [the date cut from the imprint of a book]. The engraved coat-of-arms of the dedicatee, the Earl of Northumberland, has also been hand-coloured.
London: for T. Osborne and J. Shipton; J. Hodges; J. Newbery; B. Collins; and H. Crowder and H. Woodgate,
BALLANTYNE R.M (1858)
The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific OceanEnquire
Colour printed frontispiece, pictorial title and six plates after drawings by the author, First edition, 8vo., original blue ripple-grain cloth, covers stamped in blind and front cover and spine pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt, London, T.Nelson and Sons.
LAURIE Robert.; WHITTLE James ()
The Empire of China with its principal divisions; drawn from the surveys made the Jesuits: with improvements and additions from the maps of Monsr. d'AnvilleEnquire
Double-page engraved map, 505 x 570 mm, in fine original wash colour. This later printing has had the imprint (with date) scratched from the paper by the publisher. [London : Laurie & Whittle, 1794, but Richard Holmes Laurie],
PHILBY Harry St John Bridger (1933)
The Empty Quarter: being a Description of the Great South Desert of Arabia known as Rub' al KhaliEnquire
First edition. 32 half-tone plates (some including more than 1 image). With 2 coloured maps at rear, the folding map of Rub' al Khali, the extending map of Arabia. 8vo. Fine in the original green cloth, gilt titles to spine. Attractive pictorial bookplate of John Raymond Danson to front pastedown. xxxiv, 433pp. London, Constable,
NANSEN Fridtjof (1890)
The First Crossing of GreenlandEnquire
First English edition. 2 vols. Numerous illustrations plus 12 plates and 5 folding maps. 8vo. Silver-pictorial cloth, top edges silver; cloth a little bumped at the extremities, spines lightly sunned, occasional foxing, old clear tape repairs to short tears to the blank stub panel (and the verso of one short fold) of the map, pp 129-144 and 161-176 are duplicated. But a very good copy. London,
NICCOLO Antonio di
The Fool Feasting, historiated initial on a vellum leaf from a Choir Psalter, in Latin [Italy (Florence), c.1480-1500]Enquire
£9750.00Size: 540x390mm, with a large initial 'D' and a full border for Psalm 52 'Dixit insipiens …', the first psalm sung at Matins on Wednesdays, 15 lines, 380x240mm, medieval or early modern foliation '69' in red ink, the verso with an illuminated foliage initial to Psalm 53, some smudging, including head of the Fool, and with some flaking of gold and pigments, in some areas the leaf with a somewhat bobbled texture due to having previously been stuck to its mount.
SPRAT Thomas (1667)
The History of the Royal-Society of London, for the Improving of Natural KnowledgeEnquire
First Edition. 4to., , 438,  pp. Engraved plate of the arms of the Royal Society on the verso of the licence leaf, and two folding plates on pages 173 (slightly shaved) and 233 (very short tear) but without the etched frontispiece by Hollar that is often missing. Contemporary calf (rebacked, new endleaves, corners repaired).
London: by T. R. for J. Martyn and J. Allestry,
The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments. [- The Whole Book of Psalms]Enquire
2 vols. 24mo. Engraved title signed "WV" at the foot. 18th Century binding, circa 1740 and probably Scottish, of black morocco, covers with a gilt border, gilt spines, gilt edges.
London: for John Field, Printer to the Parliament,
EDWARDS Gwladys; SCOTT Sir Walter (1898)
The Lady of the LakeEnquire
Full page illustrations by C.E. Brock. 8vo., bound by Gwladys Edwards, with her stamp on the recto of the front free endpaper, in full green morocco with upper and lower boards decorated with double gilt rules containing a pattern of triple gilt dots, each corner elaborated with four yellow onlay dots around a pattern of stippled gilt dots becoming denser towards the center and finished with a floral design of three red onlay petals outlined in gilt; spine with five gilt ruled compartments and one plain with lettering in gilt, double gilt ruled turn-ins with a pattern of four gilt dots in the outer corners, a.e.g. London, Service and Paton.
HAY D.R (1847)
The Laws of Harmonious Colouring adapted to Interior Decorations with Observations on the Practice of House PaintingEnquire
Sixth edition. Colour frontispiece diagram of the primary, secondary and tertiary colours (a line engraving with pasted-on coloured chips). 12mo. Original brown cloth, gilt; rebacked with the old spine laid down, some mild wear to the extremities, otherwise very good. Presentation inscription to recto of the front free endpaper. ix, blank, 198, blank, 8[ads.] pp. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood & Sons,
CELLINI Benvenuto.; NUGENT Thomas, Translator (1771)
The Life of Benvenuto Cellini: A Florentine ArtistEnquire
Containing A Variety of Curious and Interesting Particulars, relative to Painting, Sculpture and Architecture; And The History of his own Time. Written by himself in the Tuscan language, and translated from the original by Thomas Nugent. In Two Volumes.Volume one with an engraved frontispiece portrait of Cellini by J. Collyer after G. Vasari (dampstain at fore-edge).First English Edition. 2 vols. 8vo. , 512, , 403, [1 (errata), [44 (contents)] pp. Contemporary calf, red and green morocco labels, gilt lettering and tooling to the spine, marbled endleaves.London: for T. Davies,
SOYER Alexis (1880)
The Modern Housewife; or, Ménagère.Enquire
Comprising nearly one thousand receipts for the economic and judicious preparation of every meal of the day, and those for the nursery and sick room; with minute directions for family management in all its branches. Illustrated with engravings. "New Edition". 8vo., original very dark blue cloth, boards decorated and lettered in blind, spine lettered and decorated in gilt. London, Simpkin, Marshall and Co.
BATES Henry Walter (1863)
The Naturalist on the River Amazons, A record of adventures, Habits of Animals, Sketches of Brazilian and Indian Life, and Aspects of Nature under the equator, During Eleven Years of TravelEnquire
First edition. 2 vols. Folding map & 9 plates with illustrations in the text. Small 8vo. Fine contemporary half calf, spines gilt, minor slight blemish on the upper cover of vol. 1. ix, 351, 32ads.(dated January 1863); vi, 423pp. London, John Murray,
SMITH Albert (1861)
The New Game of the Ascent of Mont BlancEnquire
Second edition. Rule book: 4 engraved images (2 inside wrappers, 2 facing these); Game sheet: 54 coloured lithograph vignettes. Small 8vo. Folding linen-backed game sheet (545 by 415mm. approx.) Rule book: original printed wrappers, resewn, sticking tape stain to spine; with 4 game pieces, spinning die & 68 bone(?) counters in 4 colours; all contained within cloth covered box, with red morocco label to the lid bearing the title in gilt. 5-19pp. London, Myers & Co.,
THE ROLLING STONES. ; JONES Peter. Contributor (1964.])
[The Rolling Stones]Enquire
First edition. Small folio, 10ll., [20pp.], profusely illustrated with b&w photos, stapled into the original coated, stiff card wrapper with a group portrait on both portions tinted pink on a black background, a signed, inscribed presentation copy from DJ Murray ‘the K’ Kaufman to Julio Santo Domingo. With another copy with a variant cover. New York, Souvenir Publishing and Distribution Co., N.d. [but circa
POPE Alexander (1788)
The Works of Alexander Pope, Esq. In Six Volumes Complete. With his last Corrections, Additions, and Improvements; together with all his Notes, as they were delivered to the Editor a little before his Death. Printed verbatim from the Octavo Edition of Mr. WarburtonEnquire
6 Vols. 12mo. Engraved frontispiece, engraved plates to Windsor-Forest, Rape of the Lock, Eloisa to Abelard, January and May, Wife of Bath, Essay on Man (x 4), Moral Essays (x 5), First Epistle of the Second Book of Horace, Dunciad (x 5). Rather browned throughout, some off-setting from the plates, a few spots in places.
Contemporary tree calf by C. Kalthoeber (with his orange ticket in Vol. 1), smooth spines tooled in gilt and with red and green morocco labels, spot-marbled endpapers, yellow edges (corners worn, joints slightly rubbed, foot of spine of Vol. 3 damaged).
London for C. Bathurst, [etc.],
LAKE Carlton.; GILOT Françoise & (1965)
Vivre Avec PicassoEnquire
First French edition. Numerous photographic illustrations. 8vo. Original red printed wrappers, spine sunned and creased from reading, ink inscriptions & illustrations to front free endpaper & half title. 350pp. Paris, Calmann-Levy,