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  • Topic: Fiction: Myths, Legends, Tales

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John Bunyan:
The Pilgrim`s Progress: From this World to that which is to Come, Delivered under the Similitude of a Dream, Wherein is discovered the Manner of his Setting Out, His Dangerous Journey, and Safe Arrival at the Desired Country: to which is added The Life and Death of John Bunyan. [3 parts in one volume, the Life being appended to the third part. ]

London: W.Johnston et al., The parts: 1771, 1775, 1774. The 32nd, 27th and 22nd editions. [viii], 205, [1]; [x], 179, [1]; iv, 119, & 30, [2], 4. With a frontis to each title, and a number of other cuts in the text. Contents in very good clean condition. The prelim blank leaf bears an early owner's jotted sum in brown ink recto: facing it, on the back of the front endpaper, is a recent owner's name in biro. Top line of text shaved at A4 & A6 of the second part. 12mo, 15x8.5cms, original binding of contemporary full calf, with four raised bands, gilt ruled. Professionally refurbished with Japanese tissue, and some peeling of calf from rear board tinted not to obtrude. An attractive, sound, and very well preserved copy. Very Good+.

Price: 240.00


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[Rachel Harriette Busk]: illustrated by E.H. Corbould:
Patranas; or Spanish Stories, Legendary and Traditional. By the author of 'Traditions of Tyrol'.

London: Griffith and Farran, 1870. First edition. viii, 376pp, plus the 4 plates. Attractively produced, with head- and tail- pieces. Contents generally bright and clean, with minor soil marks or foxing to some pages, including the title page. Marbled endpapers, front pastedown with some loss of surface apparently due to removal of bookplate, and closed split at front hinge. All edges bright gilt. In red morocco gilt prize binding (Stonyhurst College) with bevelled boards, spine with five raised bands: clean, bright and firm, with light scuffs to joints, ends and corners (one corner heavily scuffed). Very nice copy. Very Good.

Price: 75.00


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Illustrated by Edward J. Detmold:
The Fables of Aesop. [Signed Limited Edition].

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1909. First edition. Ltd Edn, #146 of 750 signed copies. Contents, including the 25 plates, fresh and fine. Endpapers slightly tanned, rear pastedown bubbling slightly, and small (5x1.5cm) brown stain to edge of rear endpaper, the adjacent page slightly affected. No names or marking. Top edge gilt. 31.5x21.5cms, large quarto, in the original binding of white/cream buckram, decorated in gilt. Upper board and spine are bright, lower board less so, and the gilt scarab is rubbed. Spine cloth uneven (bubbling): there is also some bubbling along the lower joint, and a very little to the upper board. Corners all good, foot of spine slightly puckered. A beautiful, firm copy. Very Good.
[EXTRA Heavy Book]

Price: 850.00


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Stories translated from Niebuhr: illustrated by Arthur Rackham:
The Greek Heroes.

London: Cassell, 1910. 96pp, with the four coloured plates and numerous other illustrations. Contents very clean, with a foxing spot to the title page, toning to the endpapers, and a prize label and school stamp to the front pastedown. Top edge gilt. 18.5x13cms, in the original binding of green cloth titled in gilt, with an inset pictorial onlay to the front cover. Firm, bright and clean, spine ends puckered, and with a small knock to one corner. Gilt school stamp to lower board. Very nice copy, with a glassine wrapper. Very Good+.

Price: 100.00


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Sir George Webb Dasent [adapted by F.J.Simmons], with illustrations by Reginald L. Knowles & Horace J. Knowles:
Norse Fairy Tales: Selected and Adapted from the Translations by Sir George Webbe Dasent.

London: George Routledge and Sons Limited, n.d. [c.1910?] Early edition. xvi, 463pp, with many illustrations in line, and a number of colour plates. Contents clean and unmarked, and all plates present. Has at some time been recased in blue cloth, on which have been relaid the illustrations from the original binding, with added cloth corners, perhaps done to cover frayed corners of the illustrations. Front image very good, with scuffs or chips to the edges, rear image a little rubbed, spine image scuffed at the head. Very nice firm, clean and complete copy. Very Good+.

Price: 185.00


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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, illustrated by E. McKnight Kauffer: translated by Motteux, revised by J. Ozell:
Don Quixote de la Mancha. [Limited Edition, in two volumes. ]

London: The Nonesuch Press, 1930. First edition thus. ix, 502; iv, 549; beautifully printed on fine Casinensis hand-made paper, with the twenty-one pochoir plates by McKnight Kauffer. #135 of the 900 copies printed for the UK (of 1475 in toto). Contents of both volumes very fresh and unmarked. In the original tan morocco bindings, darkened to the spines and the board edges as usual, but with no spotting to the upper boards: lower board of Vol I has a surface scuff and a few dark patches, that of Vol II has some sunning. Beautifully produced, and a pleasure to read. Very Good.
[Heavy Item]

Price: 190.00


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

London: Harrap, 1932. First Rackham edition. 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.] Near Fine.
[Heavy Item]

Price: 320.00


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Theo Brown:
The Fate Of The Dead: A Study in Folk Eschatology in the West Country after the Reformation.

Ipswich: Brewer, and Rowman & Littlefield, for the Folklore Society, 1979. First edition. x, 118pp. Contents very clean. In the original green cloth-textured binding titled in gilt, clean and bright, one corner knocked, spine ends blunted. In the protected unclipped pictorial dust jacket, fresh and clean, with slight peeling of laminate to edges of the lower panel. Interesting theme, and a very nice copy. Very Good in very good dust-jacket.

Price: 32.00


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