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Pictures of Society - Grave and Gay
1 Pictures of Society - Grave and Gay
London Sampson, Low, Son and Marston 1866 Decorative Cloth Very Good Engravings By Dalziel Brothers 
Contains 95 engravings presented as plates, printed by the Dalziel Brothers and illustrated by various artists [Cooper, von Ramberg, Crane et all]. Each plate[s] accompanies either a poem, story or short essay, again by literary figures of the day. Dark green cloth binding with very ornate gilt embossing to upper board and backstrip and blind embossing to lower board. Bevelled edges. 26x19 cm. Aeg. Vii plus 226 pp. Overall condition: very good. Gutta-percha binding has been re-set. Replacement end papers. Corners / backstrip edge rubbed / slightly worn. Head / tail of backstrip bumped. Very marginal brown spotting to first few pages and verso of last plate, otherwise contents clean and very good. Please note that due to the weight of this book [1.5 kg. ] there will be a postage supplement outside of the UK. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 
Price: 220.00 GBP
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The Art Journal
2 The Art Journal
London J. S. Virtue and Co. Ltd 1895 First Edition Decorative Cloth Very Good Various 
This is a very nicely presented book with seven etchings, five photogravures and 12 tinted plates—all presented as tissue guarded plates, plus illustrations on the majority of the text pages. There is an extremely diverse selection of articles, just an indication they include: The Illustration of Books, Yorkshire Crafts, Edouard Manet, The Sacred Island of Philae —there are over 200 separate articles. Olive cloth binding with extensive black tooling to the upper board and backstrip with gilt titling. Bevelled edges. Aeg. 376pp; xx supplement; plus four pages of adverts for other Virtue books. Folio / 33 x 25 cm. Condition overall is very good. Corners / edges of backstrip rubbed, top / tail backstrip bumped. Binding tight, endpapers intact, contents clean. N.B. This is a heavy book [3.1 kg] - shipping outside the UK will require a supplement. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. 
Price: 125.00 GBP
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The Works of Creation Illustrated from the English edition
3 The Works of Creation Illustrated from the English edition
Philadelphia Presbyterian Board of Publication First edition Hardcover Good + not attributed 
nd, c. 1850's. This is an interpretation of the bible written for young people with the intention of gaining their interest so that they would go on to study the bible itself. 17 engravings, five presented as plates. Olive green cloth boards with deep blind embossing and gilt titling and illustration to upper board and backstrip. 185x145 mm. 264 pp. Corners bumped and worn; top/tail of backstrip bumped and split. Original owners name printed in small characters on front and rear free end papers and original present dedication on one of the prelims. A few brown spots on the first few prelims, otherwise clean neat contents. 
Price: 30.00 GBP
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Flowers and Their Kindred Thoughts, Bacon, Mary Ann
4 Bacon, Mary Ann Flowers and Their Kindred Thoughts
London Longman & Co. 1848 Fifth Edition Relievo Leather Very Good Jones, Owen 
A beautiful volume that has the double benefit of an Owen Jones Relievo binding and 15 full page chromolithographic plates (including decorated Colophon page), also by Owen. To start with the binding: Designed by Owen Jones and bound by Remnant Edmonds & Remnants. There are bevelled boards where the bevels are blocked with a curling stem and leaf decoration and the boards (front and rear) are thick with ivy leaves, berries and twigs blocked in blind and relief. The title to the front board is in gothic lettering based upon twigs. Gilt inside dentilles. Gilt edges. The front and rear end papers are on thick textured paper and have a gilt ivy / leaf / berry pattern. printed on upper endpaper verso, at the tail is: ' Bound by Remnant Edmonds & Remnants'. The interior presents 14 superb full page chromolithographic flowers, each associated with an attribute which is described in gilt gothic lettering on the opposite page (e.g. Snowdrop for hope, Primrose for innocence, Rose for love). The lithography is by E. L. Bateman. The overall condition of this volume is very good. Specific condition: There is some slight staining and scuffing to the outer boards (see photo). The front and rear hinges have been reinforced with a neat brown tape strip. There are one or two minor brown spots. This book has a gutta percha binding and quite thick heavy pages - this combination means that some of the pages are loose and pulling away. There is a contents page but no title page present. Some additional background information that you may find of interest: Owen Jones worked for Thomas De La Rue on playing card design, and many of the chromolithograph flower illustrations in this book are to me reminiscent of his work on playing cards for De La Rue. Jones is best known as an interior and pattern designer although he was also an architect. He was superintendent of works at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and designer of the Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Alhambra Courts at Crystal Palace after its move to Sydenham in 1854. Together with Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt, Jones produced the vastly influential Grammar of Ornament in 1856. Leake's patented "Relievo" bindings, made of heavily molded and embossed leather left to its natural color, are usually associated with the English designer Owen Jones. Like papier-mâché bindings, "Relievo" bindings recall both medieval bindings and wood carvings and often occur on ecclesiastical books. The English trade binders Remnant & Edmonds were responsible for many known examples of "Relievo" work, winning a prize for them at the Great Exhibition of 1851. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 
Price: 380.00 GBP
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The Danube: Its history, scenery and topography splendidly illustrated from sketches taken on the spot by Abresch and drawn by W. H. Bartlett, Beattie M.D., William
5 Beattie M.D., William The Danube: Its history, scenery and topography splendidly illustrated from sketches taken on the spot by Abresch and drawn by W. H. Bartlett
London Virtue and Co. Ltd. [1844] Hardcover Very Good William H. Bartlett 
Encased within a marbled calf leather binding with gilt tooling this is a beautifully presented book that is the product of an often fruitful relationship between Beattie and Bartlett. 79 Bartlett engraved plates, plus map, engraved half title and vignette and many smaller in text wood engravings. Small original bookbinder's stamp on ffep [R.R. Bellamy, Burton on Trent]. 236pp. 28x22 cm. Corners worn, edges rubbed and some scuffing to backstrip. Occasional brown spotting throughout. 
Price: 950.00 GBP
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The Furrowed Earth, Bone, Gertrude; illustrated by Stephen Bone
6 Bone, Gertrude; illustrated by Stephen Bone The Furrowed Earth
London Chatto & Windus 1921 First edition Hardcover Very Good + good + Jacket Stephen Bone 
Very nicely presented volume of poetry and wood-cut illustrations along a country side / nature theme from this mother and son combination. 25 poems. 9 wood-cuts presented as plates. 4 pages still uncut. Stephen was a very accomplished book illustrator who concentrated on wood cuts and engravings, for which he won the Gold Medal at the Paris International Exhibition in 1925. Later on he also collaborated with his wife, Mary Adshead, on a number of children's books. [Horne p.110] DJ not price clipped and now in loose archival quality cover. Brown cloth boards with pastedown title to backstrip [spare title also within book]. 38 pp. 208x163 mm. Small chip to top/tail spine area and top of front flap fold of dj and split along rear flap fold. Slight age related tanning to dj. Book: corners, top/tail of backstrip slightly rubbed. Age tanning to both free end papers [where dj flap lay]. Personal collection pastedown label to front pastedown. 
Price: 35.00 GBP
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Brampton Sketches Old-Time New England Life, Claflin, Mary B.
7 Claflin, Mary B. Brampton Sketches Old-Time New England Life
New York Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. 1890 First Edition Decorative Cloth Good 
Lovely description about village life in New England in the 19th century. It describes Brampton as situated between Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts. Nice frontispiece wood-cut with tissue guard. Nice illustrated front board depicting colonial house. Some sunning to cover. Top and bottom of backstrip slightly bumped. Front hinge cracked. Personal stamp on rear paste down end paper. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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The Humours of Bridge, Clark, Cumberland, Illustrated By John Hassall
8 Clark, Cumberland, Illustrated By John Hassall The Humours of Bridge
London Herbert Jenkins Limited 1928 Decorative Cloth Very Good Good Jacket Hassall, John 
50 full page chromolithographic illustrations by Hassall. Original blue cloth binding under yellow dust wrapper. An exceptionally well presented humourous look at the game of Bridge, which, as well as being very entertaining, at times borders on being down right sexist! The illustrations are tremendous, humourous in their own right and in wonderful strong and bright colours. I have scanned one together with the dustjacket, see photo. Rare with dust jacket, which is now protected in archival film. 134 pages. Specific condition: Dust Jacket: A few brown spots and 3 small tears on the folds. Binding: Top / bottom of backstrip bumped, otherwise very good, no problems. Interior: A few brown spots on the page edges (only really visible when closed) and a few on the table of contents page, otherwise very good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 
Price: 65.00 GBP
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Pictures by Daniel Maclise, R.A, Dafforne, James
9 Dafforne, James Pictures by Daniel Maclise, R.A
London Virtue and Co. 1876 Decorative Cloth Good Maclise, Daniel 
[1876] Contains 11 engravings of Maclise’s work, presented as tissue guarded plates. Engravings by R. Graves, F. Joubert, S. Sangster, J. Franck et al. 58 pp. Folio— 35x27 cm. Green moiré effect cloth binding with black and gilt tooled decoration and titling to both boards and backstrip. Bevelled edges. Aeg. Corners and top / tail of backstrip worn as well as a few points on the bevelled edge. There is a reasonable amount of foxing, but fortunately this does not affect the front of the plates. Note: The binding for this book requires attention. The bands have become detached from the boards, the quires are still being held together, by the bands, but the entire text block is unstable and requires some work. The good thing is that apart from a 3 inch split at the ffep the endpapers are intact. I could arrange for my bookbinder to undertake the necessary repairs and these would be charged at cost. N. B. This is a heavy book [1.8 kg] and so postage outside the UK will require a supplement. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. 
Price: 375.00 GBP
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Everyman, a morality, designs by Ambrose Dudley
10 designs by Ambrose Dudley Everyman, a morality
London Chatto & Windus 1904 Third impression Hardcover Very Good Ambrose Dudley 
13 wood-cut plates[12 on coated paper and 1 on the rough paper used for the text pages] plus chapter head and tail pieces and a really beautifully illustrated title page. This is a very nicely presented edition of this 15th century English morality play. The illustrations and design are by Ambrose Dudley, who exhibited at the Royal Academy during his short life. Brown cloth binding with black decorationand titling , highlighted with some red, to upper board and backstrip. 53pp. 223x182mm. One or two pages still uncut. Corners, top/tail backstrip bumped. Free end papers tanned. Occasional brown spot to page edges. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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The Book of Baby Birds descriptions by Mrs. Thomas Hardy, Detmold, E. J.
11 Detmold, E. J. The Book of Baby Birds descriptions by Mrs. Thomas Hardy
London etc. Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press [1912] Hardcover Very Good E. J. Detmold 
Contains 19 mounted colour plates of different birds. Each plate supported with its own chapter description of the bird. Tan paper covered boards with cloth backstrip and circular mounted colour illustration to upper board. Corners worn, edges rubbed, top/tail of backstrip bumped. Some tanning to lower board. Clean contents. 120pp / 28.5x23 cm. Please note this is a heavy book and will require an excess postage charge. Lot of 4 from Swindon auction, July 2016 
Price: 150.00 GBP
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Haunts of Emerson, Emerson, R.W.
12 Emerson, R.W. Haunts of Emerson
Boston L. Prang & Company [1893] Cards Very Good Louis K. Harlow 
One of a series of eight booklets illustrated in monochrome and pen by Louis K. Harlow that look at places that have an intimate association with poets and authors, in this case Emerson [McClinton; The Chromolithographs of Louis Prang]. Presented on each page is a scene / room / building and a short verse from Emerson. White card covers with chromolithograph illustration to front. 13x19.5 cm. Slightly grubby cover. 
Price: 37.00 GBP
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Memories, Galsworthy, John
13 Galsworthy, John Memories
London / New York William Heinemann Ltd. / Charles Scribners 1926 Hardcover Very Good Maud Earl 
Chariming illustrated book written about the memories of a dog owner of his black spaniel. Contains 4 tipped in colour plates with captioned tissue guards plus 23 black and white full page illustrations. Illustrated end papers. Light brown paper covered boards with illustration [reflecting end paper illustrations] to upper board and titling to backstrip. Corners and top/tail backstrip bumped and bottom of backstrip torn at edges[all paper still there]. Corner of first plate is creased where it catches as book opened / closed. Nice book for a dog lover. 
Price: 50.00 GBP
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The World's Birthday. A Book For the Young., Gaussen, Professor L.; Translated By Mrs. Campbell Overend
14 Gaussen, Professor L.; Translated By Mrs. Campbell Overend The World's Birthday. A Book For the Young.
London, Edinburgh and New York T. Nelson & Sons Ltd. 1875 Decorative Cloth Good 
Contains two coloured lithograph plates [of the moon and its craters and the sun and its solar spots] and eight other wood engraved plates of fossils , ammonites etc. This book attempts to explain to the reader the book of Genesis, and to provide meaning behind the world as it is. Red cloth boards with black and gilt decoration. 270 pp. plus two pages of book adverts. Corners worn, spine faded and bumped. Front and rear hinges cracked. Spotting to end papers and very occasional brown spots internally. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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The Vicar of Wakefield, Goldsmith, Oliver
15 Goldsmith, Oliver The Vicar of Wakefield
London John C. Nimmo 1886 Hardcover Very Good V. A. Poirson [Victor Armand] 
Contains 114 coloured wood engravings completed in a delicate and accomplished style by the French illustrator Poirson. The Vicar of Wakefield is a novel by Irish author Oliver Goldsmith. It was written in 1761 and 1762, and published in 1766, and was one of the most popular and widely read 18th-century novels among Victorians. The lovely illustrations make this a particularly nicely presented edition. Contains a supplemental 23 page bookseller's catalogue for books published in Spring 1886 at the end. 27x18 cm. 291 + 23 pp. Tan cloth covered bevel edged boards with gilt lettering and coloured illustrations to upper and lower boards and backstrip. Dark brown / maroon endpapers with an original bookseller's stamp to rear endpaper. Upper edge gilt, other edges rough cut. A few brown spots to a couple of pages otherwise this is a very good plus copy. 
Price: 85.00 GBP
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Legends of the Flowers, Hepworth, Janet
16 Hepworth, Janet Legends of the Flowers
London and Glasgow Blackie & Son Limited 1936 Hardcover Very Good W. R. H. Johnson 
A really charming book that presents the legends that apparently lie behind certain flowers and explain why they are like they are - such as why Lavender smells as it does and where Marigold got its name. 17 flowers are covered in all. Then, if the stories are not enough, they are accompanied by the very accomplished wood-cuts from Johnson. There are 6 full page wood-cut illustrations and wood-cut head and tail pieces to all of the sections. Johnson is mentioned in Alan Horne's book of 20th century book illustrators and he features one of the wood-cuts from this book. For some strange reason this is the only book listed that is attributed to him. Blue cloth covered boards with gilt illustration to upper board and backstrip. 96pp. c. 19x14 cm. Slight rubbing to corners and top of backstrip edge is worn. Clean and tight internally. Beautifully presented book. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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Rasselas, Johnson, Samuel
17 Johnson, Samuel Rasselas
London Hector M'Lean 1819 Half-Leather Very Good Engravings By A. Raimbach, after R. Smirke R.A. 
Steel engravings, comprising half page chapter head piece and four others as plates. Half tan calf over marbled boards. Has been re-bound retaining original marbled boards and part original calf to board edges. Original page deckle edges. 197 pp plus iii. Title page states: 'Sold by Manners and Miller, and Archibald Constable and Co., Edinburgh'. Paper watermarked 1818. Some abrasion to boards, minor water stain to outer edge of two plates. Interior clean with no foxing. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 
Price: 135.00 GBP
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Séphora ou Rome et Jerusalem - Episode De l'histoire Des Juifs, Lemercier, Adrien
18 Lemercier, Adrien Séphora ou Rome et Jerusalem - Episode De l'histoire Des Juifs
Tours Ad Mame et Cie 1851 Hard Cover Good Montaut, Henri De 
French language Hebrew tale about Palestine and the ancient Israelites. Contains three engraved illustrations presented as plates with tissue guard and an illustrated title page. 284 pages; c. 19x11 cm. Very attractive binding with a paper embossed and gilded flower pattern laid onto boards. This pattern continues onto the fore edge of the boards. A glazed colour engraving is mounted on the upper board. Four pages of adverts for other books inserted into front before the title page. Condition: Binding: Corners and edges worn, loss to top of backstrip and some loss of embossed paper along backstrip. Generally worn. Binding tight. Interior: Brown spotting to many pages - heavier to beginning and end pages. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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Golf, Longhurst, Henry (series Editor Howard Marshall)
19 Longhurst, Henry (series Editor Howard Marshall) Golf
London J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. 1947 Third Edition Cloth Fine Very Good Jacket 
An entertaining and technically robust description of the game of golf - from information about techniques (grip, swing, putting etc.) and the infrastructure of the game (caddies, betting, etiquette, women's golf[!]). There is also a section, added to the later edition, about different golf courses around the U.K. after the war and includes an interesting description of the tuition Longhurst gave to fellow soldiers when he was stationed in Blackpool during the war! It is fully illustrated with 33 pages of photographs and 16 diagrams. It is in very good condition. There are a few minor marks to the dust jacket and the book itself (binding and interior) is Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 
Price: 30.00 GBP
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Edinburgh, Masson, Rosaline
20 Masson, Rosaline Edinburgh
London A. & C. Black Ltd. 1931 Hardcover Very Good good + Jacket John Fulleylove et al 
With 16 colour plates this description of Edinburgh has chapters on well know buildings [including Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, The Church of St. Giles], the areas of the city, well know inhabitants and visitors from the past [including Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson] as well as a description of both historical and contemporary [as of 1931] Edinburgh. As usual with the A & C Black books this is nicely presented in the hard to find dust jacket. This version is a completely revised and reset edition. Blue cloth covered boards with dark blue titling and edge lines to upper board and spine. 203pp. 21x14 cm. Dustjacket - Not price clipped. Some small chips to edges at the folds and the bottom of the spine. Clean boards with minor bumping to top/tail spine and very slight wear to corners. Some browning to free endpapers [where the dj flap ends] and minor spotting to prelims and text block edge. 
Price: 35.00 GBP
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