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W.G. Sebald: translated by Anthea Bell:
Austerlitz. [Signed Copy]

London: Hamish Hamilton, 2001. [iv], 415pp, illustrated with photographs. Extremely fresh copy, unread and never opened beyond the prelims, signed by Sebald to the title page. In the original maroon cloth-textured binding, spine titled in gilt, bright, corners sharp, head of spine faintly blunted. In the protected unclipped pictorial dust jacket, clean and crisp: just forward of its upper joint, there is a vertical indentation (as if someone had idly run their thumbnail down it): this is visible in the photo of the jacketed book; a few edges are very slightly blunted, and there is a small pucker to the head of the lower joint. Included, should you want it, is the Waterstones 'Signed by the author' band: this has a couple of tiny scuffs to the edges. A superb copy.

Price: 485.00


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Hans Andersen: illustrated by Arthur Rackham:
Andersen's Fairy Tales.

London: Harrap, 1932. 288pp, with many text illustrations and plates in line, plus the 12 colour plates with captioned tissue guards, and decorative endpapers. Contents clean and fresh: neat closed half-inch incision at head of swineherd plate (fp.84) repaired. In the original binding of red cloth, titled and decorated in gilt, clean, bright and firm: corners sharp, slight puckering of spine ends: and with a small lump under the cloth (a binding fault) towards top of upper board. A very attractive copy. [Loose glassine cover provided.]

Price: 320.00


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Rob and Nick Carter: with an essay by Kate Bryan.
Transforming.

London: Fine Art Society, 2013. 335pp, richly illustrated in colour. A conspectus of the couple's extraordinary work over 15 years. Published on the occasion of an exhibition held at The Fine Art Society Contemporary, London, 4 October-2 November 2013. Contents fresh and unmarked: (light 1cm smudge to white of p.143). Some of the high gloss pages adhere to each other slightly and may require a gentle peeling apart to open, a momentary operation: all checked opening ok with no surface damage. 30.5x24.5cms, in the black pictorial boards. Fine and bright, with minimal signs of handling - slight compression at foot of spine, an inch of slight ridging to the edge of one board, and a few faint pressure lines visible when they catch the light. One of 2,000 copies printed. Extremely scarce: a lovely copy.

Price: 950.00


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Dorothy L. Sayers:
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club.

London: Gollancz, 1935. 285pp. 1935 ownership name to front endpaper. Contents very clean, with slight toning, and slight nose from the ageing fibre. In original binding of red cloth, titled in black: boards bright and clean, corners good, some fading to the spine. A very nice early copy.

Price: 140.00


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Robert Louis Stevenson: illustrated by Edmund Dulac:
Treasure Island.

London: Ernest Benn, 1927. 256pp, with the 12 colour plates and illustrations in the text. Contents immaculate, as new. Slight toning to endpapers. In the original fawn cloth, upper board bordered in gilt, spine with black lettering-piece. Extremely bright and fresh, corners sharp, spine ends puckered, three 2mm foxing spots to closed fore-edge of final pages. In the protected unclipped pictorial dust jacket, printed on cream coated stock: this is slightly toned and handled relative to the book, and there have been a few small internal professional tissue repairs, chiefly to the head of the spine, making good small chips and an adjacent closed tear at the heads of the joints, and another to the top edge of the plain back panel. Dulac's design to the front panel is complete and clean, the spine and back panel are slightly soiled, with light scuffing to the joints. An exceptionally fine copy, with the rare dust jacket.

Price: 1,400.00


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Henry Varley:
The Combined Lecture to Men and Curse of Manhood; delivered to three thousand men in Exeter Hall, London (in 1887). Containing invaluable information for young men, and all those who are married.

London: Alfred Holness; and John Kensit [1901]. 96pp. Passionate advocacy of retention of seed. Text clean and in good order. Title page has considerable soiling and an eroded corner. 19.5x12.5cms, in a new binding of grey paper-covered boards, ruled to the front, on which is laid a good quality copy of the stained title page.

Price: 80.00


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Edited by E.H. Godbold:
The Magazine of Sport. Volume I. June to December, 1888.

London: Iliffe & Son, 1888. [iv], 448pp (continuously numbered), with six frontis plates and several head- and tail-pieces in line. After the general title page, which has some soiling, the contents are clean and in very good order, with offsetting to a few pages. Each month's edition begins with an article on a particular sportsman, and is preceded by an actual portrait photograph of the gentleman (they are all men) mounted as a frontis, with his autograph reproduced below. The September portrait is missing from this copy. Many interesting articles on subjects such as cycling, lacrosse, cricket (including 'Modern Batting' by WG Grace), modern football (Association and Rugby), moorland shooting, pike fishing, athletics, and tennis, with extensive records of contemporary sporting events, as well as sections listing new Inventions and Appliances - many of which pertain to velocipedes. There is also some fiction. In a new binding of brown cloth, spine ruled and labelled gilt with a red lettering-piece. [Publication may have ceased after the 8th issue - vide Copac]. A treasury. Very scarce.

Price: 320.00


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George Eliot [Mary Anne Evans]:
Middlemarch. A Study of Provincial Life. [Complete in four volumes].

London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1871, 1872, 1872, 1873. Very good set in refurbished contemporary bindings of green half calf with five raised bands and two spine labels, with marbled boards and endpapers. Half titles present, all edges red. Contents very clean and fresh. Translation rights note at foot of title shaved in Vol I, and lost in Vol III. Some rubbing to boards: spines bright, with good patina. A really very nice set.

Price: 1,200.00


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W. H. Medhurst: with engravings on wood by G. Baxter:
China: Its State and Prospects, with especial reference to the Spread of the Gospel : containing allusions to the antiquity, extent, population, civilization, literature and religion of the Chinese.

London: John Snow, 1838. xvi, 592pp. With a number of plates, including Baxter's frontis printed in oil colours, a foldout map of the Maritime Provinces of China, and in the appendix, a chronological table of Chinese history. Contents clean, though with edge stains to the title page and the slightly soiled frontis, and a small stain to the bottom margin continuing through the earlier part of the book. There is a small splash mark to the inner margins of pp238-239, and two corners have dog-ear creases. Map folds clean. De luxe binding: text block all edges gilt, bright, and with gorgeous red silk endpapers, the pastedowns framed by broad gilt-decorated turn-ins. Firm, in the original bottle-green morocco, decorated front and back with gilt curlicues, the spine with raised bands and decorated compartments, recently professionally refurbished with Japanese tissue. A beautiful copy. An early reader's pencilled appreciation on the last page has been left. [Contains more than one reference to the Chinese people's objections to westerners' hypocrisy in lecturing them on behaviour while conducting the opium trade.]

Price: 520.00


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de Vignole, Jacques Barozzio:
Livre Nouveau ou Regles des Cinq Ordres d'Architecture. Nouvellement revu, corrige et augmente par Monsieur B.*** Architecte du Roy. Avec plusieurs morceaux de Michel-Ange, Vitruve, Mansard, et autres Celebres Architectes tant Anciens que Modernes.

Paris: ches Petit, 1767. Consisting of 106 plates (numbered 1-104, with two extra numberings), of which 9 are folding, and including the engraved title and Avis au Lecteur. Two pages slightly toned, small tide stain to a few corners, and two bottom corners repaired. Slight soiling and minor foxing to title and the last four plates, very little elsewhere. Plates otherwise very fresh and bright. 43 x 28 cms, in restored binding of contemporary tree calf, spine decorated in gilt and in blind, with five raised bands and a later black label. Beautiful copy.

Price: 1,450.00


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The Evening-Office of the Church in Latin and English. Containing the Vespers, or Even-Song for all Sundays and Festivals of Obligation. The Third Edition Corrected, with the Addition of the Old Hymns, Litanies of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Stabat Mater, and Miserere Psalm.

London: Printed for Tho. Meighan, in Drury-Lane, 1725. Frontis, [ii] title, vi Rubricks, [iv] Festivals of Obligation, 394, [viii] Contents, [4] adverts. 1781 ownership (partially erased) to back of frontis, another early name to head of title page, and minor other written marks to pastedowns. Contents clean and unmarked, with minor soiling to title. 15x9cms, firm, in full contemporary calf with raised bands, gilt decoration rubbed, joints and ends professionally refurbished with Japanese tissue. A very nice copy.

Price: 240.00


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Francis Lord Verulam, Viscount S. Alban [Sir Francis Bacon]:
The Historie of Life and Death. With Observations Naturall and Experimentall for the Prolonging of Life.

London: Printed by I. Okes, for Humphrey Mosley, 1638. [xiv]*, 323pp +[blank]. The imprimatur leaf has small repairs to its slightly frayed edges, and an 1826 ownership name in sepia to the back of it has bled through to the front. No other marks. Pages in very good order, tanned at the edges. 12mo, c.14.3x8.8cms, in the early or original blind-ruled brown calf boards, with a new blind-ruled brown calf spine with off-white endpapers. A very nice and complete copy. *[The unpaginated prelims consist of (ii) imprimatur, (iii) engraved title, (v) title, (vii-xi) Mosley's dedication, (xii-xiv) To the Living and Posterity/ to the Reader. i, iv, & vi are blanks.]

Price: 820.00


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