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Caleb Trenchfield:
A Cap of Gray Hairs for a Green Head: or, the Father's Counsel to his Son, an Apprentice in London. Containing wholesome Instructions for the Management of a Man's whole Life. With Additions of Precepts to each Chapter.

London: Printed for A. Bettesworth, 1710. The Fifth Edition. [viii], 149, [iii]. The pages murmur with foxing throughout. An early owner has dallied with their pen on page 1 of the text and the facing blank. Small 8vo (7''x 4.5"), in a recent binding of quarter calf with marbled boards, the spine ruled in gilt with raised bands and red and black labels lettered in gilt. Much very deliberate counsel. "The Courting of Ladies is a pleasant (indeed) and gentile Divertisement; so I call it; for he is Mad that makes it his business, or thinks it worth his while, to set a seal upon a bubble; yet I must tell you, it is accompanied with not a few, nor small Inconveniencies: for you can hardly be Fantastick enough in your attire, to suit their Fancy; nor your Discouse Vain enough to fit their Humour: For though some few of them will Philosophize, the generality of them are so futile, that you have little cause to wonder the Poets imagin'd Venus concreta spuma." Etc. Lovely little book. Contents G+, binding Fine.

Price: £145.00


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[first title: Warton, T., edited by]: [second title: Shakespeare, editor variously identified as Sir Henry Dudley, Lady Mary Dudley, Elizabeth Berkeley Craven, or Cutts Barton]:
The Oxford Sausage: or, Select Poetical Pieces, Written by the Most Celebrated Wits of the University of Oxford. Adorned with Cuts, Engraved in a New Taste, and Designed by the Best Masters. [BOUND WITH: The Modern Characters from Shakespear alphabetically arranged.]

London: for J. Fletcher and Co [second title: E. Johnson], 1764 [second title: 1778]. First editions. viii, (9-) 203pp. pp i-iv have a small inner corner stains, and title page has 'Edited by T. Warton' in an early hand. Contents otherwise very fresh and clean; and, what is more, the wit still sparkles. [SECOND TITLE: (ii), 90pp. Passages extracted from the works of Shakespeare and applied to contemporary figures: title and final page slightly soiled, pages otherwise clean]. Small 8vo, 6.5 x 4ins, in contemporary marbled boards with new quarter calf spine with red lettering-piece titled and ruled in gilt. Edges of boards slightly scuffed. ESTC T99833. Very Good.

Price: £350.00


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[William Wordsworth] 'Axiologus', piece by: The Philological Society of London:
The European Magazine, and London Review: Vol.XI. for 1787: containing the first published work by Wordsworth: 'Sonnet, on seeing Miss Helen Maria Williams weep at a Tale of Distress'. Containing the Literature, History, Politics, Arts, Manners & Amusements of the Age.

London: J. Sewell, 1787. First edition. iv, (5)- 464, [x], [2] adverts. With 17 of the 18 cuts and facsimiles called for (including the frontis, engraved title, and a foldout), lacking only the View of Albion Mill. This volume contains the issues from January to June. Contents clean and in good order, with slight toning here and there. In the original binding of brown half calf with scuffed and discoloured marbled boards, spine ruled and titled in gilt, and recently refurbished with Japanese tissue. A good copy of rare Wordsworthiana. Very Good.

Price: £650.00


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Shakespeare, William:
The Plays of William Shakespeare, in Nine Volumes. [Miniature edition].

London: William Pickering, 1825. First edition thus. c.300pp per volume: each 3.5 x 2.1 ins / 9 x 5 cms. Previous owner's small green name label (5 x 20mm) on pastedown of each vol. Pages slightly cockled. Contents very clean with the rare odd minor brown spot. Top edges dusty. In the original bindings of russet cloth, beautifully restored and with new printed paper spine labels. Housed at present in a worn wooden box, probably original, with no lid. Lovely miniature set. VG+.

Price: £540.00


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Repertoire du Theatre de Madame. 12 vols.

Paris: Baudouin Freres, Pollet, Barba, et al 1828, 1829, 1830, 1831, 1832. Around 50 plays by various authors of the period, and issued by several publishers, collected into very pretty and well-preserved volumes, numbered 1 to 12. Contents have a fair amount of foxing, generally minor. Small 8vo, 12x8cms, in red half-calf with marbled boards, spines with a black label, gilt rules, decoration and title: all clean, bright and firm. All edges marbled, with some flecking. A very attractive and completely usable collection. VG+.
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Price: £240.00


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[Robert Kaye Greville]:
The Drama brought to the Test of Scripture, and Found Wanting.

Edinburgh: William Oliphant, 1830. First edition. 131pp, including a lengthy preface. Slight browning to endpapers, ownership name on ffep. contents otherwise clean. 12mo, in the original purple pebble-grain cloth, boards firm, paper spine label darkened, spine ends fraying a little. Greville was a notable biologist and mycologist, besides campaigning on a number of moral or political issues, such as slavery and capital punishment. He certainly takes a tough line on the theatre. Scarce title. VG.

Price: £54.00


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Oliver Goldsmith: edited with Life by H.B.:
The Works of Oliver Goldsmith. [spine title: Goldsmith's Miscellaneous Works, with Life, Notes and Index.] [Complete four volume set.]

London: Thomas Tegg & Son; Griffin - Glasgow; Tegg, Wise - Dublin, 1835. First printing of this edition. [vi], 325; x, 341; x, 341; vi, 346; plus a frontis to each vol. Ownership name to front pastedown of each, that in Vol 1 partially crossed out. Contents clean with occasional foxing. Bindings firm, 18x11cms. Vols II - IV are in contemporary dark green cloth with printed labels, Vol I is in a slightly darker cloth and plain boards, with some wear to the corners and a nick to the fore-edge. Labels soiled and chipped, spine ends crimped. Minor repair to upper joint of Vol IV. Uncommon. A good little set. Very Good.
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Price: £120.00


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Poe, Edgar Allan:
The Poetical Works: with a Notice of his Life and Genius by James Hannay.

London: Addey & Co., 1853. First UK edition, and first illustrated edition. xxx, (ii), 144pp, with illustrations by Wehnert, Godwin, Hulme and Weir. Upper corner of initial blank leaf torn away. Some foxing or light soiling to a number of pages, with heavy spotting to backs of the endpapers. No inscriptions. Faint diagonal crease across lower corners throughout, as if pages were all bent together. With original red silk bookmark, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Octavo, in contemporary red diced half calf with marbled boards, spine with five raised bands and lettered in gilt. Light scuffs to extremities, boards rubbed, and ink mark near lower joint, otherwise firm and clean, a very attractive copy. Very Good+.

Price: £500.00


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François Rabelais, edited by P.L. Jacob and Louis Barré: illustrated by Gustave Doré:
Oeuvres de François Rabelais, contenant la vie de Gargantua et celle de Pantagruel: augmentées de plusieurs fragments et de deux chapitres du Ve livre restitués d'après un manuscrit de la Bibliothèque Impériale, precedées d'une notice historique sur la vie et les ouvrages de Rabelais...

Paris: J. Bry Ainé, 1854. First Doré edition. [iv], 339, [1], plus the 16 plates and many illustrations in the text. Printed in double-column. Contents very clean, illustrations brilliant, with minor soiling to prelims and to lower margins of some pages. Quarto, edges sprinkled, in recent binding of green Victorian cloth, spine ruled and titled in gilt, with red and black labels. Very faint sunning to upper board towards joint. A very nice copy. Very Good+.
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Price: £280.00


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Nowlukka:
Waifs and Strays. (Poems)

Simla: printed at the Station Press, 1867. First edition. [vi], ii, 116. Light verse from the Raj, including narratives of expat life, from the era which gave us Lewis Carroll and W.S.Gilbert. Text within ruled borders throughout. Many pages have some foxing or soiling. One or two lines amended in ink, presumably by the author: although plainly a man, he is nowhere identified. With yellow endpapers (new at the front), and all edges gilt. 8.5 x 5.5 ins, in contemporary crimson morocco with five raised bands, with gilt border decoration and dentelles. Bright and firm, if rather mottled. Very Good.

Price: £120.00


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Father Prout [The Rev. Francis Mahony]: collected and edited by Blanchard Jerrold:
The Final Reliques of Father Prout [The Rev. Francis Mahony].

London: Chatto & Windus, 1879. Early reprint. xvi, 532, 32 (adverts); plus the guarded frontis portrait, and a facsimile of a handwritten page. Prelims foxed, contents generally very clean, with few incidents of foxing. Pencilled marginalia noticed to two pages, easily erased, left for their possible interest. Original yellow endpapers, pastedown with residue from former bookplate. The text block consists of stapled gatherings, not entirely stable as the staples are rusting, but intact at present: should endure quite well with considerate handling. In the original binding of brown cloth decorated in black and titled in gilt. Firm and clean, spine a little dulled and puckered, ends frayed, one corner knocked. [The title page gives only 1876, the year of first printing, but the adverts, dated October 1879, make it clear that this is a reprint.] Early copies are not common. VG.

Price: £65.00


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Edward Foskett:
Poems.

London: Kegan, Paul, Trench & Co, 1886. First edition. xii, 306pp. Text bright with occasional faint soiling or foxing. 1936 ownership name to front free endpaper, and faint crayon mark to corner of title page. In three-quarter blue morocco with patterned paper boards, browned spine with two raised bands, with later green label. Some rubbing to paper surface on lower board. Clean and firm. Very Good.

Price: £38.00


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Virgil: edited, with an Introduction and Notes, by T. L. Papillon and A. E. Haigh:
Virgil's Aeneid: the 12 books complete in 4 volumes. Books I-III, IV-VI, VII-IX, X-XII. [in Latin].

Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1890. First edition thus. Ex-library set, text marked, mostly in pencil. All boards firm, with original black endpapers. Vol 2 has no spine. In the original bindings of maroon cloth, spine ends frayed. Very good working set. G.

Price: £60.00


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Friedrich Nietzsche:
Götzen-Dämmerung, oder Wie man mit dem Hammer philosophirt.

Leipzig: C.G. Naumann, n.d. [1893]. Zweite Auflage. [vi], ii, 116pp. Contents very clean, with some foxing to the prelims, and the final page has some foxing and soiling. 1893 ownership name to half-title, and date neatly added to foot of title page. Grained endpapers with intricate gilt pattern. 22.5x15.5cms, in contemporary binding of green marbled boards, firm, with a little minor soiling and small scuffs to extremities. Very nice copy. Very Good+.

Price: £250.00


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Owen Feltham:
Resolves: Divine, Morall and Politicall.

London: Dent, 1904. First thus. 416pp. Contents very fresh and unmarked, apparently unread. In the small and beautifully-printed Temple Classics series with ornate rubricated title page and tissue-guarded frontis. Top edge gilt. Silk bookmark frayed at ends. 6 x 4 ins, in the original binding of navy cloth, firm, corners sharp, with owl emblem in blind to upper board; spine titled and decorated in gilt, but a little dulled. Minimal other signs of wear. Very good copy. Very Good+.

Price: £60.00


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Edited by Cecil B. Harmsworth:
The New Liberal Review: Vol VII. No. 39.

London: 1904. Original edition. viii, [152]pp (#273-424). Contents clean, with foxing to first and last few pages and to closed edges. 25x16cms, in the original rather soiled grey wrappers, yapp edges showing some wear. Very Good.

Price: £24.00


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Robert Louis Stevenson:
Poems: including Underwoods, Ballads, Songs of Travel.

Toronto: The Musson Book Company (London Chatto & Windus), n.d. [c.1905]. Presumed first edition thus. x, 205pp: nicely printed, with rubricated title page. Undated early Canadian ownership name to front free endpaper. 17x11cms, with top edge gilt, silk bookmark fraying but present, and pastel marbled endpapers, in a light green textured leather (pigskin?) binding over thin boards, ruled and titled in gilt. A few marks to the back cover, browning to spine and edges, slight fraying to foot of spine, and small punctures towards base of upper joint. Thin boards bowing slightly. An attractive little volume, and a very uncommon edition. VG.

Price: £60.00


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J.M. Synge:
The Playboy of the Western World. A Comedy in Three Acts.

Dublin: Maunsel & Co., Ltd., 1907. First edition (first printing). viii, 88, [4] adverts, with Yeats' frontis portrait sketch of Synge at rehearsal. Light foxing to many pages, heavy in places. Laid in are 4 of Maunsel's contemporary tinted advertisement flyers, two being page size, for 'Pat's Pastoral' and 'Economics for Irishmen' (by 'Pat'), and two smaller ones for 'The Abbey Row' ('NOT edited by W.B. Yeats'), and 'The Memoirs of Miles Byrne'. In the original quarter cloth binding with ochre spine and brick-red boards. Binding firm and very clean, with a small knock to the upper corners and some bubbling to the spinewards edge of the red cloth on the front. Very Good.

Price: £450.00


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Stevenson, Robert Louis:
Poems. Underwoods, Ballads, Songs of Travel, A Child's Garden of Verses.

London: Chatto & Windus, in association with Longmans, Green & Co, 1913. First edition thus. xiv, 398pp. Limited Edition: Number 219 of a Hand-made Paper Edition of 500. Title page printed in blue and black. Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. Large square octavo, 8.8 x 7.2 ins, in binding of full parchment (or lean vellum), titled and ruled decoratively in gilt on spine and front. Corners sharp, spine ends slightly puckered. The plain lower board is slightly matt and has a short (one inch) scratched indentation. Contents fine and fresh and beautifully printed, so a natural pleasure to read. Very Good+.
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Price: £160.00


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Richard Rowley:
The Old Gods and other poems.

London: Duckworth, 1925. First edition. 59pp. Pages clean, though slightly encroached upon by heavy fore-edge foxing. Slight spotting to first and last few pages, and tanning to front free endpaper, which bears an early gift inscription. In the original binding of blue cloth, spine titled in gilt: firm and bright, corners sharp. Small faint mark to lower board. VG.

Price: £65.00


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