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[ Vanel, Claude:]
The Royal Mistresses of France, or, The Secret History of the Amours of all the French Kings, from Pharamond the First Monarch, Anno 418. to this present Time. [Made English from the French original, Les Galanteries des rois de France.] Second part titled: Inteagues of the Court of France Under the Reign of Henry III.

London: printed for Henry Rhodes at the Star, the corner of Bride-lane in Fleet-street; and John Harris at the Harrow in the Poultry, 1695. First edition. (iv), 228, 260pp. Contents very good, with some toning to the paper, and some soiling to title. Octavo, 6.4 x 4 ins, in mid 20thC full tan calf gilt by Brentano's Paris, with silk bookmark and marbled endpapers, all edges bright gilt. Boards double ruled in gilt with gilt rolled edges and dentelles, spine with five raised bands, compartments with stamped title and floral decorations in gilt. Bright, with two small scuffs to upper board, and darkish spots to lower board. A torrent of antique tattle, in very good condition: uncommon, and finely bound. VG+.

Price: 420.00


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Tully, Richard: [letters of Miss Tully to her brother-in-law Richard]:
Narrative of a Ten Years' Residence at Tripoli in Africa: from the Original Correspondence in the Possession of the Family of the late Richard Tully, Esq., the British consul. Comprising authentic memoirs and anecdotes of the reigning Bashaw, his family, and other persons of distinction. Also, an account of the Domestic Manners of the Moors, Arabs, and Turks.

London: printed for Henry Colburn, 1817. Second edition. xiii, (ii), 376pp, with 7 hand-coloured aquatints and a foldout map. Some browning to endpapers, and a little soiling to the borders of some plates and to the adjacent pages: the text and the attractive plates are otherwise very clean. The map has a few false folds, some wear to top edge where it once protruded, and a little soiling. The Preface warns that the book 'contains, we believe, the only exact account which has ever been made publicly known of the private manners and conduct of this African Despot, and it details such scenes and events, it gives such sketches of human weakness and vice, the effects of ambition, avarice, envy, and intrigue, as will seem scarcely credible to the mind of an European.' Quarto, with sprinkled edges, firm in contemporary half calf, spine ruled and titled in gilt, with slightly scuffed and chipped marbled boards. Very nice copy. Very Good.
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Price: 985.00


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[Alphonse de Beauchamp]:
The Life of Ali Pacha, of Janina, Vizier of Epirus, surnamed Aslan, or the Lion: from various authentic documents. [A translation of A. de Beauchamp's "Vie d'Ali Pacha" with additions.]

London: Lupton Relfe, 1822. First edition. vii,(1), 320pp, with a portrait frontis (no other illustrations called for). Lacks half-title. Text clean, paper slightly toned; but foxing, soiling and staining to frontis, and offsetting and soiling to title page. 19thC marbling to all edges. In new green Victorian cloth, spine ruled in gilt and with a black lettering piece. [From the Preface: 'The editor ... has taken as his groundwork for the present Memoir, M. Beauchamp's French work, Vie d'Ali Pacha, which he has considerably enlarged by the occasional introduction of interesting passages from the works of some of those who have visited the late Tyrant of Epirus'.] Very nice copy. Very Good.

Price: 380.00


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Louis XVIII, His Most Christian Majesty, King of France and Navarre :
Narrative of a Journey to Brussels and Coblentz 1791.

London: Henry Colburn, 1823. First English edition. Starts with the title page (the copies held at Edinburgh and Glasgow are described as having a portrait). (iii-)vi, 125pp. Slightly cockled. Title page stained and spotted, staining to some other margins. Final leaf foxed. Uncut edges soiled. In new binding of quarter buckram with grey paper-covered boards, ruled in black, with ruled and printed cream label on front. contents G-, binding new.

Price: 32.00


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[Briffault, Frederic T.:]
Prince Louis Napoleon Bonaparte: His Life, Captivity and Escape from the Fortress of Ham.

London: Thomas Cautley Newby, 1852. First printing with this title. xi, 388pp, with a frontis portrait, two plates, one folding plan, and 3 folding facsimile letters. Originally published in 1846 as The Prisoner of Ham. The last 50pp consist of notes. The first few pages have some soiling, the portrait is stained, and the two unremarkable plates are rather grey, but the contents are otherwise clean. A handwritten family tree on a large folded sheet has been accommodated in a pocket inside the back cover, and the same early owner's extensive notes on the original rear free endpaper have been bound in. Also laid in is a twist of silken baby hair, which seems likely to have the same provenance. The book was discovered disbound, with the bottom margins up to p.4 nibbled away (with no loss of text): the pages have been professionally restored, and the book is newly bound in dark brown half calf with marbled boards, gilt ruled spine with a black lettering-piece. Scarce VG.

Price: 480.00


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Utterton, Frances Anne: edited by her brother, the Rev J.S.Utterton:
Biographical Sketches of Twenty Three Great Emperors, Kings, and Conquerors. Condensed from European and Asiatic History. For Juvenile Readers.

London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longman's and Roberts, 1859. First edition. 248pp, 24pp catalogue: illustrated with engraved head-pieces and five protected sepia lithographs. Some pages uncut. Neat 1859 gift inscription on half-title. Contents clean and fresh. Wonderful matt maroon end papers. In original binding of pebble grain black cloth, ruled and decorated in blind, spine decorated and lettered in gilt. Faint sunning to spine and both ends a little compressed. Firm, clean and bright. Near Fine.

Price: 70.00


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Jeanie Lang, with pictures by F.M.B. Blaikie:
The Story of Robert the Bruce. (The Children's Heroes Series.)

London: T.C & E.C. Jack, n.d. (1906). Presumed first edition. viii, 120pp, with a map and 8 colour plates. Front free endpaper missing. Some browning to half title, final page, and some edges. Contents otherwise very good, plates fresh. 5.9 x 4.7 ins, in the original binding of blue cloth ruled and titled in black, with pictorial onlay. Spine ends puckered and scuffed. Very nice copy. Very Good.

Price: 35.00


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Winston S. Churchill:
Great Contemporaries.

London: Thornton Butterworth, 1937. First edition. 335pp, illustrated. Contents in very fresh condition, a few pages having very minor spotting to margins: a few spots to the fore-edge of the text block, rather more to the toned top edge. 1937 school prize label to front free endpaper. In the original binding of blue cloth titled in gilt, fresh, sharp, bright and clean: spine slightly blunted at the foot: some sunning to the top centimetre at the head has been professionally tinted and is now barely discernible. In the protected unclipped orange dust jacket, almost without loss. Front and back panels are clean and bright, with tiny chips at the corners, and the back panel has a couple of creases towards the top edge. The spine is a little faded, with faint scuffs to the surface, some fraying at the head, and a one-inch closed tear to the head of the lower joint. Some very light wear to the foot of the spine. With the publishers' yellow Home University Library advertising bookmark still laid in - echoing the advertisement for the series on the rear flap. An exceptionally well-preserved copy. Very Good+ in very good+ dust-jacket.

Price: 1,350.00


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Carol Roman:
Ultimele 100 de Zile Nefaste: Sfirsitul clicii ceausescu. / The Last 100 ill-fated Days: The End of the ceausescu clique.

Romania: Casa de Editare "Glob", 1990. Original or early edition. Large paperback, quarto size: 100pp with 109 large photographs: text and captions in Romanian and English. A record of events and incidents, exorcising the people's hatred and resentment of the Ceaucescus after their departure and death in December 1989. Pictorial cover, edges slightly scuffed and knocked. VG..

Price: 28.00


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