Bindings & Library Sets

ANON: Narrative of Discovery and Adventure in the Polar Seas and Regions: with illustrations of their climate, geology, and natural history; with an account of the Whale-Fishery.

Item No. 16631

Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, [1845]. Fourteenth Thousand (5th Edition). Extra engraved title. Folding engraved chart as frontispiece, plates, and illustrations in the text. 8vo (6 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches), 426-pages, contemporary half green calf, marbled boards, spine gilt extra with crimson lettering piece; the binding by W.F. Taylor, Windsor with his ticket. A little light rubbing; overall an attractive binding in good order, some foxing to chart and prelims else very clean internally.


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BIBLE IN ENGLISH: The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments translated out of the Original Tongues.

Item No. 17190

Item No. 17190

Edinburgh: Printed by Sir D. Hunter Blair and M. S. Bruce, Printers to the King's most Excellent Majesty, 1829. Bound as 2 volumes. Engraved frontispieces. 12mo (5 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches), finely bound full contemporary green calf, the sides with wide scrolling floral gilt border enclosing large embossed decorative panels in blind, the spines decorated in gilt in 3 compartments with crimson lettering and numbering pieces, all edges gilt; a little rubbing to headbands. Finely bound and generally in superb condition both internally and externally. Being bound as two volumes of equal thickness, the New Testament commences a third of the way through the second volume.


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BURNET, GILBERT: Bishop Burnet's History of His Own Time. From the Restoration of K. Charles II. to the conclusion of the treaty of peace at Utrecht, in the reign of Queen Anne. To which is prefixed, a summary recapitulation of affairs in church and state, from King James I to the Restoration in the year 1660. Together with the author's life, and some explanatory notes by the editor, his son, late one of the judges of his majesty's Court of Common Pleas. The whole revised and corrected by him. The third edition.

Item No. 17155

Item No. 17155

Engraved portrait frontispiece of Burnet by Ravenet after Hoadly. 4 volumes 8vo (8 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches), pages: lxxxiii:(1):566:(6); (8):583; (7):484; & (8):486, plus substantial unpaginated index. Contemporary full tan calf, spine gilt with black lettering piece and crimson numbering pieces. Some rubbing, headbands a little chipped, some joints cracked but very firm, chip out of one lettering piece. All 4 half-titles are present.


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COLERIDGE, SAMUEL TAYLOR: The Literary Remains collected and edited by Henry Nelson Coleridge. Four volumes.

Item No. 17191

London: William Pickering, 1836. Four volumes 8vo (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches), pages: xix:395; viii:416; xvi:422; & (6):438, with tipped-in Corrigenda in Volume 2. Handsomely bound contemporary half green calf, marbled boards, spine gilt in 3 compartments and with crimson and black lettering and numbering pieces. Some scuffing to the binding of volume one, the other three volumes unaffected.


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DeKAY, JOHN: Aspirations qui ne sont que quelques ........

Item No. 16995

Londres: [ Privately Printed], 1909. 12mo (5 1/4 x 4 inches), 94-pages. Contemporary full tan polished calf, triple gilt rules to sides with corner ornaments in blind, spine gilt and blind in compartments; green silk endpapers; lacking lettering piece, date label at base of spine chipped, some uneven fading to the binding but generally good.

The binding by Zaehnsdorf.


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DIBDIN, THOMAS: The London Theatre. A Collection of the Most Celebrated Dramatic Pieces. Correctly Given, from Copies used in the Theatres by Thomas Dibdin of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Twenty-six volumes complete.

Item No. 13376

London: for Whittingham and Arliss, 1815 onwards. Published 1815 to 1818. Twenty-six volumes bound as thirteen. With all half-titles and general titles (these with vignette illustration) and individual titles to all 104-plays within, these also with vignette illustrations; other vignette illustrations within the text.

Thirteen volumes 12 mo (5 x 3 inches), contemporary grained burgundy calf, double gilt rules to sides with floral corner ornaments, all edges gilt. Spines gilt lettered direct with the title of each play within. Headbands, joints, and corners rubbed but overall a very pleasing set; good, strong and attractive.

Rare as a complete set and even more so in an attractive contemporary binding.


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DICKENS, CHARLES: Household Words. A Weekly Journal conducted by Charles Dickens. Volumes 1-18 (of 19); Numbrs 1 - 453 Together with The Household Narrative of Current Events, being a Monthly Supplement to Household Words for 1850-1855 (all published).

Item No. 17219

Item No. 17219

Item No. 17219

Item No. 17219

London 1850. Household Words published March 3th 1850 to November 27th 1858. Household Narrative 1850-1855. The Household Narrative for 1853,54, & 55 bound in one volume and for some obscure reason numbered "4" in gilt on spine. In all 23 volumes bound in 21. 8vo (9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches, uniformly bound half tan calf, marbled boards, spines gilt ruled and with crimson lettering pieces. Some scuffing to corners and rubbing of extremities of Household Words but all the volumes are strongly bound and not unattractive on the shelf. Extremely heavy; extra overseas postage will be requested.


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FATTORUSSO, JOSEPH: Les Merveilles de L'Italia.

Item No. 16926

Florence: Collection Medicis, G. Fattorusso, n.d. c. 1930. Coloured frontispiece, illustrations throughout. 8vo (9 3/4 x 7 inches), publisher's elaborate full tan calf with sunken panels and central raised shield, blocked extensively in gilt to both front and rear covers; in very good condition. French text. Inscription, 1938, on front fly.


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GARNING, HANS: Var Konung.

Item No. 13887a

Item No. 13887

Stockholm: Middesskrift med Anledning, 1933. Limited edition, number 176 of 250 copies. Plates, some coloured. Folio (14 x 10 inches), 397-pages. Publisher's ful crimson crushed morocco, decorative gilt borders enclosing the monogram "GV", all edges gilt, inner gilt dentelles; the binding by Norstedt, Stockholm. Spine darkened, a little light marking to the binding; some foxing to prelims and at end. Overall a very handsome production very well and attractively bound.

A celebration of the first 25 years of the reign of King Gustav V of Sweden.


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GRAY, THOMAS: The Works of Thomas Gray. Edited by the Rev. John Mitford. 4 volumes.

Item No. 17161

Item No. 17161

London: William Pickering, 1836. Engraved portrait. 4 volumes. Small 8vo (6 1/2 x 4 inches), pages: xvi:cxxiv:223; cxvii:192; viii:311; & viii:312. Contemporary full tan calf, decoratively gilt on wide bands and with black lettering and numbering pieces; all boards blocked in gilt with University College, London. Joints rubbed but very sound.

Damp marking to portrait, foxing to endpapers, slight crease to headband of volume 4. With engraved University College London prize label on front pastedown of Volume 1 awarding these volumes to Frederick John Wood in 1837/8. The Aldine edition; an attractive set.


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HALLAM, HENRY: The Constitutional History of England from the Accession of Henry VII to the Death of George II. Fifth edition in two volumes.

Item No. 17209

London: John Murray, 1846. 2 volumes 8vo (8 7/8 x 5 3/4 inches),pages: xv:719 & viii:624. Contemporary polished brown calf, narrow gilt rules to sides, spines ornately gilt in 4 compartments and with crimson lettering piece and olive numbering pieces. A few minor scuffs to the boards. A handsome binding in excellent and strong condition.


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HARMER, THOMAS; CLARKE, ADAM: Observations on various passages of Scripture, placing them in a New Light .... originally compiled by the Rev. Thomas Harmer from relations incidentally mentioned in Books of Voyages and Travels in the East. Fourth edition ..... with a new arrangement, many important additions, and innumerable corrections by Adam Clarke.

Item No. 17203

London: J. Johnson (& others), 1808. Engraved portrait & engraved folding plate "Lithostrotum Praenestinum" at end of volume 4. 4 volumes 8vo (8 5/8 x 5 1/2 inches), pages: cxxii:480; viii:536; viii:576; & vii:518. Nicely bound contemporary full diced brown calf, narrow ornamental gilt borders to sides, spine decoratively gilt in compartments and on headbands and with burgundy lettering and numbering pieces.

A little very minor rubbing, two small patches of loss of the polished surface to two rear boards, some light foxing or tanning, the text however generally unaffected. The bindings very attractive and in excellent & strong condition.

Amongst the chapter heading are: Concerning their living in tents; Concerning their Cities, Houses etc.; Relating to the Diet of the Inhabitants of the Eastern Countries; Concerning their manner of Travelling; Concerning the Literature, Books, etc. of the Eastern Nations; Concerning Egypt, the Adjoining Wilderness and the Red Sea etc.


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HOMER: Homeri Ilias, ex recensione C. G. Heynii fere impresa; cum notis Anglicis, in usum scholarum. Editio Quarta.

Item No. 17156

Londini : In aedibus Valpianis, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street. Venit apud Longman; Whittaker; Baldwin; et omnes Bibliopolas [1830]. 8vo (8 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches), 572-pages. 19th Century full tan calf, narrow gilt rules to sides, spine gilt ruled extra with crimson lettering piece, all edges marbled..Some slight rubbing to extremities of boards. Overall a handsome binding in excellent condition Contemporary signature on front fly. Homer's Iliad in Greek with English notes.


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JOHNSON, SAMUEL: The Lives of the most eminent English Poets with critical observations on their works. A New Edition, Corrected.

Item No. 17185

London: Nichols & Son (& many others), 1816. Engraved portrait. Three volumes 8vo (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches), pages: 460; 408; & 391. Contemporary half tan calf, marbled boards, spines gilt ruled and with black lettering pieces; some light rubbing and marking, the bindings very sound. Foxing to portrait which has offset to title, foxing to prelims. and at end; the main body of the text however quite free from foxing.


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KEIGHTLEY, THOMAS: The Mythology of Ancient Greece and Italy. Second Edition, Considerably Enlarged and Improved.

Item No. 17160

London: Whittaker, 1838. Frontispiece and 11 engraved plates. 8vo (8 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches), pages: xvi:564:(4, adverts.). Contemporary full oilve calf, narrow gilt rules to sides, spine elaborately gilt in compartmends and with burgundy lettering piece. Light foxing to plates, the text entirely clean. Well, strongly, and attractively bound.


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CHARLES LAMB: TALFOURD, THOMAS NOON: The Letters of Charles Lamb with a Sketch of His Life.

Item No. 17186

London: Edward Moxon, 1837. First edition. Engraved portrait frontispieces with tissue guards. Two volumes 8vo (7 3/4 x 5 inches), pages: x:335 & 338. Very attractive contemporary half tan calf, marbled boards, spines gilt in compartments and with black and crimson lettering pieces. Foxing to prelims and portraits, the body of the text however unaffected. Gilt to spines dulled however still very pleasing and in excelent condition.


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LOCKE, JOHN: The Works of John Locke in Nine Volumes [complete] The Twelfth Edition.

Item No. 17212

London: C. and J. Rivington (& many others), 1824. Portrait with tissue guard, large folding table. Nine volumes 8vo (8 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches). Contemporary full tan calf, narrow gilt rules to sides, spine gilt on raised bands and headbands with black lettering and numbering pieces, all edges marbled.

Chipping to head and base of the spine of Volume1; short crack to upper joint of Volume1 but very firm, lower joint of Volume 6 cracked but held on cords, chip out of the headband of Volumes. 4 & 7; headbands of Volumes 2 & 8 rubbed; some rubbing to extremities; foxing to premlims. but text largely unaffected; otherwise bindings sound and strong and attractive on the shelf. The folding table is an "Analysis of Mr. Locke's Doctrine of Ideas in his Essay on Human Understanding"; this with a little creasing.


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MAETERLINCK, MAURICE: The Life of the Bee. Translated by Alfred Sutro. Prize Binding.

Item No. 16511

London: George Allen, 1904. 8vo (7 1/2 x 5 inches), 356-pages. Contemporary prize binding of full polished tan tree calf, decorative gilt border on sides enclosing the gilt arms of Queen Elizabeth's School at Wakefield, spine floral gilt extra with green lettering piece, all edges marbled. Excellent. With prize label to front pastedown.


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MITFORD, WILLIAM: The History of Greece. A New edition, with numerous additions ... to which is prefixed a brief memoir of the author ..... in Eight Volumes.

Item No. 17211

London: T. Cadell, 1829. 8 volumes 8vo (8 1/2 x 5 inches). Contemporary full tan calf, narrow gilt rules to sides, the flat spines gilt and with double black lettering pieces.

Lacking 3 lettering pieces, some spotting and occasional fading to boards but very strongly bound with no weakness of the joints. Foxing to some prelims. - the text blocks however large unaffected. Some damage to the base of the spine of Volume 2 - rubbing and partial loss of surface. The headband of Volume 1 pulled, with 2-inch cracks to both joints at head. Lettering pieces to Volume 4 rubbed, some rubbing to extremities of the boards.


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OLD TESTAMENT - LOUIS DE CARRIERES: Commentaire Litteral sur la Sainte Bible, contenant l'Ancien et le Nouveau Testament, insere dans la traduction Francoise par le R. P. de Carrieres, Pretre de l'Oratoire de Jesus.


Item No. 4990

Paris: Moreau, 1745. The four Old Testament volumes only, without the New Testament. 4 volumes, small 8vo, contemporary full mottled tan calf, spines gilt in compartments within raised bands, crimson lettering pieces and green numbering pieces. Half-inch split to one upper joint with very small chip from headband. A very attractive contemporary binding in generally excellent condition.


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ROLLIN, M. [CHARLES]: The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Grecians and Macedonians - complete in six volumes.

Item No. 17206

Item No. 17206

London: Thomas Tegg, 1835. The 18th edition, revised, corrected. Portrait and 7 maps & plans. 8vo (8 5/8 x 5 1/2 inches), contemporary half dark purple calf, marbled boards, spines ornately gilt in 4 compartments and with crimson lettering pieces and burgundy numbering pieces; corners bumped, a few scuffed.

This is a very handsome set in excellent condition and strongly bound.


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SCOTT, SIR WALTER: Tales of My Landlord. Second Series { The Heart of Mid-Lothian ] collected and arranged by Jedediah Cleishbotham. In Four Volumes.

Item No. 17207

Edinburgh: Archibald Constable, 1818. First edition, first issue. 4 volumes 8vo. (7 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches). Finely bound contemporary full blue polished calf, narrow gilt rule to sides, the spines floral gilt in 4 compartments and with green lettering and numbering pieces. Bound without the first half-titles. 12-page publisher's catalogue dated June 1818 at end of Volume 4. A beautiful binding in excellent and strong condition.


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SMILES, SAMUEL: Lives of the Engineers with An Account of their Principal Works; comprising also a History of Inland Communication in Britain.

Item No. 17210

London: John Murray, 1861. First edition. Published 1861-62. Engraved portraits, numerous illustrations in the text. Three volumes 8vo (9 1/8 x 5 7/8 inches), pages: xvi:(1):484; xiv:502; & xx:(4):512. With the half-titles.Contemporary polished brown calf, narrow gilt rules to sides, spines ornately gilt in 4 compartments and with burgundy lettering piece and green numbering pieces. Some light spotting to the boards. Light foxing to prelims. and at ends. A handsome binding in excellent and strong condition.


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SMITH, JOHN PYE: The Relation between The Holy Scriptures and some parts of Geological Science. The Fourth Edition, greatly enlarged.

Item No. 17157

Item No. 17157

London: Jackson & Walford, 1848. 8vo (8 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches), pages: xvi:407. Finely bound contemporary polished tan calf, gilt rules and ornaments to sides enclosing large diced panel, spine gilt in four compartments and with double burgundy lettering pieces. Some light spotting to diced panels, narrow band of fading to upper margin of lower cover, foxing to prelims. and some scattered foxing within. With the half-title. Overall an excellent, unusual, and most attractive binding.


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WAAGEN, DR: Handbook of Painting, German, Flemish, and Dutch Schools.

Item No. 17187

London: John Murray, 1860. Plates, some folding. Two volumes 8vo (7 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches), contemporary full blue calf, spines floral gilt extra with crimson and olive lettering pieces. Plates and title affected by damp and one damaged. Scuffs to upper board of Volume 2, damp tide mark to lower board of Volume 1. Inscription on front fly. However the spines are excellent and very attractive on the shelf.


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WALLER, EDMUND: Poetical Works from Mr. Fenton's Quarto Edition, 1729. With the Life of the Author. Cooke's Edition. Embellished with Superb Engravings.

Item No. 16637

Item No. 16637

London: for C. Cooke, 1796. Engraved portrait, engraved extra title, and engraved plates. 12mo (6 x 3 /4 inches), pages: xxxvi:180, contemporary full marbled tan calf, spine gilt with crimson lettering piece; a trifle light rubbing, overall very sound and attractive. Signature, Cicely Wallers, and date 1938, on front free endpaper


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