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19827 ADDISON, Joseph, & others. THE SPECTATOR. VOLUME THE SEVENTH. London: Printed for J and R. Tonson and S. Draper, 1749. 12mo, (165x102mm), [2],333,[1],[13]p. Engraved frontispiece by Müller after Hayman, and engraved vignette title, Contemporary full vellum, slightly soiled, backstrip tool in gilt in the compartments and with red and black back-labels, some fragmentary loss from a corner of both, marbled endleaves Containing articles on Mr Campbell the dumb fortune-teller; Celibacy, the great evil of the nation; [the] French, much addicted to grimace; Tobias Hobson the Cambridge carrier, the first man in England to let out Hackney-horses; &c. £30.00

8664 ADDISON, Mr. (Pseud.) INTERESTING ANECDOTES, MEMOIRS, ALLEGORIES, ESSAYS, AND POETICAL FRAGMENTS: tending to amuse the fancy, and inculcate morality. 4 Volumes, Second edition, London: Printed for the Author, and sold by all the booksellers in town and country. 1796. 8vo, (205x125 mm); [2],240; [2],304; [2],240; [2],296p. occasional slight spotting. A handsome collection in contemporary tree marbled calf, the corner tips and edges rubbed, lately rebacked to near-match, slight wear to the head of the backstrip on two volumes, with fragmentary loss of the leather from one. Armorial bookplate of James Crossland Fenton present in one volume. Addison (who he?) published 12 volumes of his Anecdotes between 1794 and 1797, several running to a second edition. However, ESTC does not record copies of the second edition of any of these volumes. The anecdotes on page 1 of each of these volumes are: Anecdote of Cromwell; Extraordinary Anecdote of Charles the Second; Anecdote of Lady Rachel Russell; and  Honesty the Best Policy, exemplified in an Anecdote of a Country Curate £165.00

14307 AKENSIDE, Mark. THE PLEASURES OF IMAGINATION. A new edition. To which is prefixed A critical essay on the poem, by Mrs. Barbaud. London: printed for T. Cadell, 1825. 8vo, (170x105mm), [2],157p. added engraved vignette title and frontispiece (both retained from the Cadell & Davies edition of 1814). A good copy in original quarter cloth, printed back-label degraded and the edges rubbed, bookplate, Printed in London by John M'Creery. £25.00

18793 [ANON.] THE LIFE AND BEAUTIES OF FANNY FERN. London: W. Kent, 1855. 8vo, (175x110mm), xii,195p. very lightly browned and some pages a little creased. Contemporary half calf, marbled paper sides, joints and edges rubbed, a large piece of the front free endleaf torn but was remains retains an earlier owner's signature. Copac records only the BL copy of this edition of a less than flattering biography of 'Fanny Fern' (ie: Sarah Payson Willis, later Aldredge, later Parton). The binding is not without interest in that although it is at first glance a typical Victorian half binding, the front board appears to have been intended for use on (or even having been originally used on) a blocked binding of the period. A visible, though not particularly distinct, pattern of an oval block with arabesques at the head and tail within a florally ornamented border can be seen 'through' the marbled paper and part of the leather. £65.00

1815 [BARRETT, Eaton Stannard] ALL THE TALENTS; A satirical poem, in three dialogues. By Polypus. Eighth edition. London: John Joseph Stockdale, 1807. 8vo, (222x138mm), xvi,81p. +3p. publisher's adverts. Original printed boards, rebacked. The front cover carrying the title of the above work together with an advert for other Stockdale publications. Tipped onto the front free end-leaf is a four-page prospectus for a parts issue of Buffon's Natural History and Winterbotham's America, Barrett's best-known political satire ridiculing the contemporary Whig administration, the author's popularity and that of this particular work is evidenced by its having run to at least nineteenth editions. The edition we offer here was published in the same year as the first. £35.00

16045 BARRIE, Alexander. A COLLECTION OF ENGLISH PROSE AND VERSE, FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS, selected from different authors. To which are prefixed, a few short lessons for beginners, with an exercise in spelling... Fifteenth edition, Edinburgh: printed and sold by Murray and Cochrane, Craig's Close. Sold also by William Cockburn, bookseller, Antruther, 1802. 8vo, (176x108mm), 294p. browned throughout - largely due to poor quality paper stock, and with a number of ms annotations, the first few leaves particularly poor with significant soiling due to handling and some fraying of the fore-edge, a previous owner's drawing in ink of the sun on the verso of the title, and several scrawls and doodles on the endleaves. Contemporary (?original sheep) worn and lacking the backstrip. Previous owner's signature of Philip Scott, Dogtown 6th November 1813, on the verso of the front free endleaf, with the recto carries the lengthy inscription: Robert Scott his book the grace of God upon him look not to look but [....] learning is better than houses or land when houses or land is almost spent Good Education is most exelant [sic] when I am dade [sic] and in my grave and all my bons a rotton [sic] this is the book that you must look when I am quit for gotton [sic]. Master Robert's signature also appears on the rear endleaf. A comparatively rare reading primer first known from the second edition of 1781 (of which Etsc records 3 copies), it had reached a thirty-ninth edition by 1850. However, Estc and Copac combined record copies of only 12 of those editions, each of which survives in but a single copy, and none of them the edition we offer here. £65.00

14359 BEATTIE, James. THE MINSTREL: or, the progress of genius. With some other poems. A new edition to which are prefixed, memoirs of the life of the author by Alex. Chambers. London: printed for J.Mawman... by T.Bensley, 1806. 12mo, (157x97mm), lvi,102p. +2p publisher's adverts. 3 engraved plates after Burney, perhaps lacking a half-title. Contemporary sprinkle-marbled calf, joints and edges rubbed, marbled endleaves, bookplate. £60.00

18229 BEATTIE, James. THE MINSTREL: and other poems. With a memoir of the author. London: Jones & Company, 1832. 24mo in 8s, (94x55mm), [8p. publisher's adverts],viii,71p. engraved frontispiece portrait, and vignette title (the latter dated 1824). Original red morocco grain silken cloth, worn at the backstrip and edges, gilt lettered on leather back-label, green paper endleaves, all edges gilt, Litchfield bookseller's ticket. Printed in Glasgow by Hutchison and Brockman. Rare, Copac locates only the Cambridge copy of this edition. The advertisements that precede the text list a number of Jones' series of English classics, of this contribution to the 'Diamond poets' series, the publisher claims that they are the 'smallest ever printed. Uniting correctness, beautiful typography, portability, the greatest economy, &c.' This copy's attraction is enhanced by retaining the original binding which, though worn, is an interesting example of an early publisher's cloth edition binding. 'The Minstrel, a poem in Spenserian stanza, was begun in 1766, probably as a lighthearted, satirical work. In the spring of 1768 Beattie was inspired to continue it as his own poetic autobiography. It describes the childhood of Edwin, a shepherd boy brought up in solitary mountainous country, and his imaginative response to nature. In less than three months Beattie wrote most of the first book of The Minstrel, and began the second. The completion of the second book, however, took more than five years; an intended third book was never written. The poetic growth of Edwin was an inspiration to several generations of poets, most particularly to the Romantics, and this work had an important formative influence on William Wordsworth, who greatly admired it.' (DNB) £75.00

21476 BEDE, Cuthbert [pseud. i.e.: Edward Bradley] THE ADVENTURES OF Mr. VERDANT GREEN. An Oxford freshman. With nuermous illustrations designed and drawn on wood by the author. One hundred and thirtieth thousand, London: James Blackwell and Co., [1890?] 8vo, (184x123mm), [4]viii,271,[1]p. +8p publisher's adverts. Numerous wood-engraved illustrations. Original yellowback cloth binding, restored and recased in the original covers with replaced late 19th century paper pastedown endleaves, a small repair to the tail of the backstrip. Front cover lettered and illustrated in red and green and with publisher's adverts printed on the rear cover. The printed main title carries the imprint of Blackwood as noted above; however, the added illustrated title carries the imprint: William Paterson, Edinburgh & London, the publisher's adverts which both follow the text and are printed on the raer cover are for Blackwood. Printed by William Rider & Son who were active under that style between 1883 and 1893. £35.00

18290 BENNET, Arnold. SKETCHES FOR AUTOBIOGRAPHY. Edited by James Hepburn. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1979. 8vo, (222x142mm), xviii,182p. A good copy in original cloth, dustjacket slightly discoloured at the head. £5.00

11615 [BERESFORD, James.] THE MISERIES OF HUMAN LIFE; or the groans of Samuel Sensitive, and Timothy Testy. With a few supplementary sighs from Mrs. Testy. In twelve dialogues. 2 Volumes, vol.1: Third edition; vol. 2 [with] Nine additional dialogues, as overheard by James Beresford. [First edition]. London: printed for William Miller, by W. Bulmer, 1806-7. 8vo (155x98mm), viii,332; vi,292p. +[12]p publisher's adverts. Hand-coloured aquatint engraved folding frontispiece to vol. 1 and stipple engraved folding frontispiece to vol.2 (a tear in one fold), 2 wood-engraved text illustrations. Contemporary sprinkled calf, backstrips tooled in gilt with black lettering pieces, joints split and edges rubbed, Monogram bookplate in vol.2. (Isaac 'Checklist' in William Bulmer the fine printer in context, 63) £135.00

11616 [BERESFORD, James.] THE MISERIES OF HUMAN LIFE; or the groans of Samuel Sensitive, and Timothy Testy. With a few supplementary sighs from Mrs. Testy. In twelve dialogues. [First edition] London: printed for William Miller, by W. Bulmer, 1806. 8vo, (150x97mm), (iii-)viii,361,[1]p. lacking a ?half-title or advert leaf. Hand-coloured aquatint engraved folding frontispiece, with 2 wood-engravings in the text, slightly browned throughout and with a few small instances of spotting. Slightly later half  calf, marbled paper sides, slightly rubbed and the backstrip lightly faded. (Isaac 'Checklist' in William Bulmer the fine printer in context, 62a) The author's chief work, a gentle satire much admired by Scott which ran to a goodly number of edition. £100.00

11009 BERNARD, Thomas. COMFORTS OF OLD AGE. With biographical illustrations. Fifth edition, London: John Murray, 1820. 8vo, (160x98mm, (iii-)xii,264p. lacking a half-title, some very faint browning of the head margin, and occasional pencilled underscoring. Later pale buff paper-covered boards, earlier leather lettering piece (slightly degraded) preserved, pencilled signature of Mr Gaunt on the title. (Isaac 'checklist' in William Bulmer, the fine printer in context  73) Originally published as Spurinna of the comforts of old age, 'a book of consoling quotations that makes heavy reading today.' (Isaac p93) Bulmer's imprint appears on the versos of the title and last leaf. £35.00

11563 BERNARD, Thomas. ON THE COMFORTS OF OLD AGE. With biographical illustrations. Second edition, London: John Murray, 1817. 8vo, (163x97mm), (iii-)xi,[1],230p. lacking the half-title, a few occasional instances of spotting. Contemporary sprinkled half calf, marbled paper sides, joints splitting and corner tips rubbed. Signatures of M. Nicholas and Isabella Thornhill, 1853, on the front free endleaf verso, bookplate. (Isaac 'Checklist' in William Bulmer the fine printer in context, 72a) Bulmer's imprint appears on the versos of the title and last leaf. £60.00

11608 BERNARD, Thomas. SPURINNA COMFORTS OF OLD AGE. With notes and biographical illustrations. London: printed by W. Bulmer for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1816. 8vo (225x142mm), xi,[1],248p. with the half-title. some occasional slight browning. A handsomely margined untrimmed copy in original grey boards, printed back-label with lettering almost entirely worn off, corner tips worn. 8p catalogue of Longman & Co's 'New Works', dated May, 1816, tipped onto the front free endleaf. (Isaac 'Checklist' in William Bulmer the fine printer in context, 72) 'A book of consoling quotations, that makes heavy reading today.' (Isaac p93). £60.00

15843 BICKERSTAFF, Isaac. LIONEL AND CLARISSA; or, a school for fathers: a comic opera, in three acts;... Correctly given, as performed  at the Theatres Royal. With remarks London: printed by D.S. Maurice; sold by T. Hughes, and J. Bysh, [1815.] 12mo, (117x75mm), 63p. engraved frontispiece and title vignette. Disbound. £15.00

11593 BLAND, Robert & others. COLLECTIONS FROM THE GREEK ANTHOLOGY; and from the pastoral, elegiac, and dramatic poets of Greece. London: printed for John Murray, by W. Bulmer, 1813. 8vo, (214x135mm), [6],lv,[1].525,[1]p. Modern Ingres paper backed boards, earlier front and rear free endleaves preserved. Signature of S.M. Taylor, Kenilworth March 18th 1825, on the front free. Isaac 'Checklist' in William Bulmer the fine printer in context, 79) £75.00

16692 BLOOMFIELD, Robert. RURAL TALES, BALLADS, AND SONGS. First edition, London: Printed for Vernor and Hood...; and Longman and Rees...; by Thomas Bensley, 1802. 4to, (209x129mm), (iii-)xii,105p. presumably wanting the half-title, erratum on pxii, stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait by Ridley after Edridge, and 11 wood engravings by Charlton Nesbit after Thurston, some slight internal soiling. Contemporary tree-marble calf, edges rubbed, joint split and the front cover loose. (Hugo Bewick collector 182) The first edition in quarto, the text was reset in octavo for the second edition of the same year. The engravings, which include the well-known image of 'The shepherd and his dog Rover,' rank amongst the best work produced by this onetime apprentice of Thomas Bewick. £60.00

18193 BOWSTEAD, J. POEMS. Appleby: printed at the office of J. Whitehead, 1881. 8vo, (184x120mm), xii,87,[1]p. Original green sand-grain cloth, lettered and blocked in gilt and blind, all edges gilt, corner tips slips very slightly worn. The subscribers' list show a healthy support for this collection of poems on devotion, nature and other topics by the onetime Vicar of Soulby in Westmorland, 250 persons took up 327 copies, yet despite the book's, admittedly rather localized, circulation Copac locates only the British Library and Bodleian copies. Furthermore, this is the first book known to have come from the press of Whitehead who had bought the printing business of another Appleby printer a few years earlier. £40.00

9740 BOYLE, Robert. THE HON. ROBERT BOYLE'S “OCCASIONALL REFLECTIONS." With a preface, &c. by John Weyland, Jun. London: printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies; sold also by J. Hatchard; and J. Parker, Oxford. Printed by W. Bulmer, 1808. 8vo, (154x95mm), [2],xlviii,155,[5]p. frontispiece portrait, some spotting of the first few leaves and light browning of the outer margins thereafter. Contemporary marbled calf, red leather lettering piece, a small piece chipped from the head of the backstrip, a little rubbed, bookplate. (Isaac 'Checklist' in William Bulmer the fine printer in context, 102). First published in 1665 and later ridiculed by both Pope and Butler, this edition is published for the benefit of The Society for the Conversion and Religious Instruction and Education of the Negro Slaves in the British West India Islands. £50.00

16073 [BREWER, Thomas] THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THE MERRY DEVILL OF EDMONTON. With the pleasant pranks of Smug the smith, Sir John, and Mine host of the George, about the stealing of venison. by T.B. (1631), London: reprinted for W.R., by J. Nichols and son, 1819. 8vo, (216x135mm), iv,52p. large wood-engraving on the title. Some slight spotting. Contemporary half red morocco, paste paper sides, front joint neatly repaired. A nice reprint of a scarce work first printed in 1631, here with a handsome wood-engraving, in the 17th century manner, on the title. Although carrying Thomas Brewer's initials on the title, and signed Tho. Brewer on the final leaf, COPAC notes that the work is sometimes attributed to Anthony Brewer. This prose tale was probably suggested by the popularity of a play of the same name, but which did not cover quite the same ground and which some authorities suggest was written by Drayton and originally called Sir John Oldcastle. £75.00

17006 BROADSIDE VERSE. LIFE, A JOURNEY; OR MEDITATIONS ON A MILE-STONE. No Imprint [but ?London, 1840.] Single leaf, (308x206mm), The poem set in three columns, signed 'T', and with a large round allegorical wood engraving at the head. Set within an ornamental border which has been trimmed closely with slight loss from one side and total loss from the tail. £50.00

11567 [BROWN, Thomas.] THE PARADISE OF COQUETTES, a poem. In nine parts. London: printed for John Murray by W. Bulmer and Co., 1814. 8vo, (160x97mm), [4],lvi,256p. slightly spotted throughout. Contemporary tree marbled calf, joints a little weak and cracking at the tail of the front, corner tips worn, front free endleaf loose. (Isaac 'Checklist' in William Bulmer the fine printer in context, 106) £75.00

14336 BUNYAN, John. THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS and other works. The prefaces, indices, and the text revised by George Offor, with copious notes, original and selected; and an original memoir of the author by George B. Cheever. Glasgow: William Mackenzie, [1866.] 4to, (274x217mm), vi,xxxii,[2],942p. decorated lithographed title on a sepia ground, and 30 full-page plates (of 31, lacking the plate of Bunyan's Dream, but the key leaf to it is present), the folding facsimile of Bunyan's will frayed at the edges, and many smaller wood-engravings in the text by the Brothers Dalziel after William Harvey. a small stain in the head margin, pretty well throughout and a few instances of dust-spotting. Contemporary half black calf, dark green bead-grain cloth sides, edges and corner tips slightly rubbed. Although lacking one plate this is still a not unacceptable book with a number of full-page steel-engraved illustrations and 20 full-page wood-engravings, printed on a sepia ground, by the brothers Dalziel after William Harvey. Harvey, a Newcastle-born artist had been apprenticed to Thomas Bewick before going to London where he did a great deal of work for the Dalziel's who describe this book as one in which 'he displayed all his tasteful fancy.' (Brothers Dalziel p17) £75.00

20726 BUNYAN, John. THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, from this world to that which is to come. With notes by the Rev. Robert Maguire. [Including] The author's way of sending forth his second part of the pilgrim. London: Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, [1875?] 4to, (262x182mm), xvi,400, xiii,364p. wood-engraved frontispiece portrait by W.J. Linton, & 195 wood-engravings by various hands after drawings by H.C. Selous and Paolo Priolo, some slight browning. Contemporary half black calf, blue morocco-grain cloth sides, backstrip lettered in gilt on a red leather label with ornate tooling in the compartments, joints and corners rubbed. £15.00

21506 BURNS, Robert. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF ROBERT BURNS: with an account of his life, and the whole of his correspondence, notes, &c., by James Currie, with an enlarged and corrected glossary. London: Milner and Company, [1870?] 8vo, (172x120mm), xvi,357p. +20p. publisher's adverts, frontispiece, engraved vignette title and 6 steel-engraved plates by Banks of Edinburgh, largely set double-column and with some internal finger-soiling. Original brown pebble-grain cloth, lettered in gilt and green, a hand-coloured engraving laid within a recessed panel on the front cover and framed with an ornate border of Egyptianesque motifs blocked in gilt. Printed by Milner & Co in Halifax. Copac locates 10 copies of this title under several variations of Milner's imprint and with variant paginations but none which concur with this that we offer; the date we ascribe is possibly inaccurate by perhaps a decade or so either way. £45.00

18806 BURNS, Robert. THE POETICAL WORKS OF ROBERT BURNS; with his life. Ornamented with engravings on wood by Mr. Bewick, from original designs by Mr. Thurston. 2 Volumes, Alnwick: printed by William Davison. Sold by the booksellers in England, Scotland and Ireland. 1808. 8vo (in 4s) (160x92mm), 6,(viii-)xlii,(43-)266; viii,(9-)270p. as concurs with Isaac. Frontispiece portrait, 14 full-page wood engravings by Thomas Bewick after Thurston, and 48 wood engraved vignettes by Bewick. Contemporary marbled calf, Volume 1 backstrip worn and the joints split, volume 2 rebacked. Catalogue label with added typescript of S. Roscoe & the bookplate of Thomas Baker of Old Trafford present in both volumes. (Isaac Davison's new specimen… 30; Tattersfield Thomas Bewick the complete illustrative work TB.2500B). A completely different setting, with variant vignettes, from the Catnach & Davison edition of the same year and with the frontispiece portrait of Burns in volume 1 which, as Tattersfield notes, is not always present. The partnership between Davison and John Catnach had only lasted for a few months in 1807-8, it seems therefore that their edition of Burns enjoyed a healthy enough sale to warrant Davison issuing this new edition shortly after they parted. Or did Jemmy Catnach's papa run off to London with any unsold copies of the joint printing, necessitating another edition? One would not be surprised if that were the case. £400.00

16417 BURNS, Robert. THE POETICAL WORKS OF ROBERT BURNS; with memoir, prefatory notes, and a complete marginal glossary. Glasgow: John S. Marr & Sons, [1873.] 8vo, (170x117mm), 597p.+12p. publisher's adverts, wood-engraved frontispiece portait, vignette title and 6 full-page illustrations by R. Arthur, slightly soiled and with a small piece torn from the tail-fore corner of 4 leaves without loss of text. Original limp cloth binding, printed in black and somewhat faded and slightly creased; previous owner's signature (James Mulcaster, 1873) on the half-title and front cover, front pastedown endleaf (carrying adverts for works by David MacRae) torn and repaired though with some minor loss, some restoration work has been undertaken on this volume including supporting the textblock with mull prior to replacing it in the covers. Printed in Glasgow by Bell and Bain. At first glance an undistinguished edition but perhaps noteworthy for the manner of binding as this edition, published at one shilling, is clearly evidence of a development in the production of cheap print. The stitching is simple, almost in the extreme, with four sewing stations, link stitched at the head and tail and no supporting tapes; while the covering cloth, a cheap calico, is supported only by the pastedown endleaves, both of which carry advertisements. Such a simple manner of limp binding is clearly a precursor of the later introduction of the mass-market paperback. £65.00

9398 BUTLER, Samuel. THE POETICAL WORKS. Edited by Robert Bell. 3 volumes, London: John W. Parker, 1855. 8vo, (170x104mm), 237 +16 publishers adverts; [4],240 +12 publisher's adverts; [4],243 +8 publisher's adverts.  Original plum diagonal bead-grain cloth, printed-back label (faded), backstrips faded and worn at the head. Bookplates removed (1 crudely) from the front pastedowns. Three of the monthly volumes of Bell's annotated edition of the English poets, printed by Savill & Edwards in Chandos-street, London. £20.00

12491 CAMPBELL, Thomas. THE POETICAL WORKS. London: Ward, Lock, & Co., [1880s.] 8vo, (186x120mm), viii,420p. occasional engraved head- and tailpieces, some spotting. An unsigned Victorian decorated binding of green sand-grain cloth, the front cover and backstrip ornately blocked in gilt and black, the design repeated in blind on the rear cover, backstrip faded and the endleaves splitting at the hinge. Signature of A.P. Moore, Wadham College, Oxford in pencil on the front free endleaf, and the compliment's card of the Oxford booksellers Emberlin & Son. £15.00

11504 [CANNING, G. J.H. FRERE, G. ELLIS & others] POETRY OF THE ANTI-JACOBIN. Second edition, London: printed for J. Wright, by W. Bulmer and Co., 1800. 8vo, (156x84mm), [viii],240p. with the half-title. Contemporary marbled calf with a black leather, gilt tooled onlay covering the entire spine, front joint split but holding and with fragmentary loss of the leather. Signature of Louisa ?McCorry, dated 1801 across the title and at the head of the first text leaf. (Isaac 16) £100.00

11781 [CANNING, G. J.H. FRERE, G. ELLIS, & others.] POETRY OF THE ANTI-JACOBIN. Fourth edition London: printed for J. Wright, by W. Bulmer, 1801. 4to (284x226mm), [viii],256p. with the half-title, some spotting,  Mid-19th century half red calf, cloth sides, backstrip, with citron lettering piece, faded, joints and corner tips rubbed, marbled paper endleaves. Signature of E. Paley on the half title with the note `Transferred [from J. Smith whose pencilled signature is also present] January 11, 1848' on the half-title, Bookplate of Peter Isaac. (Isaac 18) The only quarto edition of this collection of political satire, and unquestionably the best both in terms of textual content and design. £150.00

11660 [CANNING, G. J.H. FRERE, G. ELLIS, & others]. POETRY OF THE ANTI-JACOBIN. Sixth edition, London: printed for Hatchard; Longman and Co.; Parry and Co.; J. Murray; and T. Hamilton, by W. Bulmer, 1813. 8vo, (159x92mm), [6],240p ?wanting a half-title, some faint spotting of the first few leaves.  Contemporary half calf,  marbled paper sides, lettering piece lost and the front joint cracking, armorial bookplate of Philip Saltmarshe. (Isaac 'Checklist' in William Bulmer the fine printer in context, 20) £35.00

11751 CARLYLE, J.D. POEMS, suggested chiefly by scenes in Asia-Minor, Syria, and Greece, with prefaces extracted from the author's journal. London: printed by William Bulmer, for John White, 1805. 4to (234x180mm), xvi,[4],149p. 2 aquatint engravings by R. Pollard, with some slight offset onto the facing leaves, but otherwise a clean copy. Contemporary half black calf, sprinkle-marbled paper sides, early owner's initials (CLD) in gilt running horizontally on the leather of the front cover, joints and backstrip a little rubbed. (Isaac 'Checklist' in William Bulmer the fine printer in context,  131) £150.00

17167 CHURCHILL, Charles. GOTHAM. Books 1-3. [London: no imprint, 1764]. 4to, (258x210mm), [2],24,[2],32,[2],31p. very lightly spotted mainly in the fore-margin. Disbound. Issued without title or imprint but with the half-titles present to all three parts. ESTC notes that this work was apparently intended to form part of a second volumes of Churchill's poems but that the half-titles (present in our copy) with excised for the collected volume. £35.00

15868 COLLINS, William. ODE OCCASION'D BY THE DEATH OF Mr. THOMSON. (1749). Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1927. 550 copies, folio, (350x224mm), [4],8,[4]p. Original marbled paper stiff wrappers, backstrip worn at the tail. £12.00

13942 COLLINS, William. THE POETICAL WORKS ... enriched with elegant engravings. To which is prefixed a life of the author, by Dr. Johnson. Second edition, London: printed by T. Bensley,... for Vernor and Hood, Harding, Wright, Sael, and Lackington Allen, 1800. 8vo, (186x115mm), xvi,156p. 20 stipple-engraved plates dated 1797-8, some faint browning of the plates and fainter browning of the text leaves. An attractive copy in contemporary marbled calf, 4-line gilt border with sunburst corner ornaments, marbled endleaves, later rebacked, bookplates, including that of J.B. Spooner and with his gift inscription to a Miss Luard at the head of a flyleaf.  £45.00

14313 COLMAN, George. BROAD GRINS. Comprising, with new additional tales in verse, those formerly published under the title of 'My night-gown and slippers.' London: printed by J. M'Creery, for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1811. 8vo, (170x110mm), viii,128p. added engraved vignette title and 15 engraved vignettes in the text, some slight spotting. £25.00

14312 COLMAN, George. BROAD GRINS. Comprising, with new additional tales in verse, those formerly published under the title of 'My night-gown and slippers.'  Sixth edition, London: printed by J. M'Creery, for T.Cadell and W. Davies, 1815. 8vo, (175x110mm), viii,128p. added engraved vignette title and 15 engraved vignettes in the text, some slight spotting. Original boards, rather soiled and worn at the edges, rebacked. £25.00

18581 CONGREVE, William. LOVE FOR LOVE; A COMEDY, in five acts; as performed at the Theatres Royal, Covent garden and Drury Lane. Printed under the authority of the managers from the prompt book. With remarks by Mrs Inchbald. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, [1806]. 8vo, (155x90mm), 90p. engraved frontispiece by Walker after Singleton. Disbound. £15.00

18601 CONGREVE, William. THE MOURNING BRIDE; a tragedy, in five acts; as performed at the theatres royal, Covent Garden and Drury Lane. Printed under the authority of the managers from the prompt book. With remarks by Mrs Inchbald. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, [1806]. Cr.8vo, (155x93mm), 56p. Engraved frontispiece by Raimback after Smirke. Disbound. £15.00

17048 COVENTRY, Francis. THE HISTORY OF POMPEY THE LITTLE: or, the life and adventures of a lap-dog. London: printed for M. Cooper, at the Globe in Paternoster Row, 1751. 12mo, (166x97mm), viii,272p. engraved frontispiece by Boitard, a stain in the centre of the page from B6-D2 with some weakening of the paper resulting in fragmentary loss from C3. Contemporary marbled calf, rubbed, sometime rebacked in calf preserving the earlier lettering piece and with later endleaves. Estc notes that copies of the first edition have vertical chain lines on the first and last sections (as in the copy we offer) while notes that the second edition (published in the same year) has variant settings of page 15, this copy we offer has 18 lines on that page. The author's sole published work, this satirical romance of high and low society in London told from the point of view of a lapdog enjoyed immediate popularity and ran through several editions in the eighteenth century, inspiring a host of imitators. Several of the characters were based on ladies well known in contemporary society which may have been the reason that Lady Montagu claimed she preferred it to Peregrine Pickle. £125.00

10733 CRABBE, George. THE BOROUGH. A poem. In twenty-four letters. New edition, London: John Murray, 1820. 12mo, (170x105mm), xxxii,292p. tear (without loss) in the fore margin of 2A5, some slight spotting of the extreme head margin. Contemporary Original grey paper covered boards, printed back-label, a little rubbed at the joints and edges and a tear at the tail of the backstrip, bookplate. Partly printed by T. Davison, Byron's preferred printer. A poetical description of Aldeburgh where Crabbe was curate and containing some of his finest work including the well-known tale of 'Peter Grimes.' With two printers' imprints, that of T. Davison is on the verso of the half title and of J. Bretell at the end of the text. The penultimate rear blank is watermarked 1821 while the text block is printed on paper watermarked 1815 or 1816. £36.00

12315 DALLAS, Robert Charles. ODE TO THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON, and other poems. London: John Murray, 1819. 12mo (162x98mm), (iii-)xxi,[3],189p. wanting the half-title, frontispiece portrait, a fragment missing - without loss of image - from the tail/fore corner, some occasional browning. contemporary half calf, marbled paper sides by J. Rogers of Stafford (fl 1817-35) with his label (partly damaged) on the front pastedown, front joint split at the tail. (Isaac 156) The frontispiece portrait, although executed by the well-known aquatint engraver F.C. Lewis appears to be a lithograph. If our assumption  is accurate then this constitutes an early use of the process in English book production. £135.00

20239 DICKENS, Charles. HARD TIMES FOR THESE HARD TIMES. London: Walter Scott, [1898.] 8vo, (190x125mm), [2],286p. +[16]p publisher's adverts, together with a tipped-in leaf of volumes in the publisher's 'Brotherhood Library,' of which this is number 151. Original green cloth, backstrip lettered and blocked in gilt, free endleaves browned. (Turner, The Walter Scott Publishing Co 692a) Printed at the company's office in Felling, Newcastle upon Tyne. £20.00

16501 DICKENS, Charles. THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT. London: Chapman and Hall, 1852. 8vo, (195x128mm), xiv,496p. set double-column, frontispiece by Frank Stone, spotted. Original green calico-grain cloth, blind blocked, backstrip lettered and blocked in gilt, and slightly faded and worn at the head and tail, edges lightly browned, lacking the front free endleaf. But a better copy than it sounds! Copac records only a single location for this edition. £40.00

16396 DICKENS, Charles THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP. [Newcastle printed] London: Walter Scott Publishing Co., [1884.] 8vo, (190x124mm), 451p. +[14]p publisher's adverts, 5 plates. Original cloth, lettered and blocked in gilt, slightly dulled and the textblock a little shaken. Publisher's advertisement leaf for their Union Library tipped on to the first text leaf. Printed in Newcastle upon Tyne £15.00

15048 DICKENS, Charles. PICTURES FROM ITALY. Leipzig: Bernh. Tauchnitz, 1846. 8vo, (155x115mm), [8],120p. A good copy in original green bead-grain cloth, backstrip lettered in gilt and blocked in blind. Tauchnitz's 'Collection of British authors volume 103.' £20.00

19624 [DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge (pseud: Lewis CARROLL) (Editor)] AN INDEX TO "IN MEMORIAM." London: Edward Moxon, 1862. 12mo, (164x103mm), [4],40p. +8p. publisher's catalogue dated January 1862). Stitching slightly strained otherwise a good copy in original calico-grain cloth, gilt lettered on the front cover within a blind-blocked ornamental frame, the latter repeated on the rear cover, backstrip faded. Suggested, in some part compiled, and edited by Dodgson, although S D Collingwood, his nephew, stated that much of the actual work was done by Dodgson's sisters. Tennyson gave his consent to the publication and this rare little book proved to be very useful to his admirers. £375.00

19096 EVANS, John. THE PROGRESS OF HUMAN LIFE: Shakspeare's seven ages of man, illustrated by a series of extracts in prose and poetry. For the use of schools and families: with a view to the improvement of the rising generation. Introduced by a brief memoir of Shakspeare and his writings. [Second edition], Chiswick: from the press of Charles Whittingham... sold by Sherwood, Neely, and Jones... 1820. 12mo, (176x101mm), xvliii,252p. wood-engraved title vignette (probably cut by John Thompson and if so an early example of his work). Modern quarter cloth, late 19th century Fancy Paper Company marbled paper sides. First published in 1818; there was also second edition, announced as such, in 1823. £50.00

16586 FALCONER, William. THE SHIPWRECK. London: Printed for John Sharpe... by C. Whittingham, 1822. 12mo, (163x97mm), 167p. engraved vignette general title and subtitles to the introduction and the four cantos by Richard Westall (all dated1819), some slight spotting of the engraved leaves but the letterpress leaves clean and bright. Prize inscription to Miss Eleanor Chorley of Grafton Hall [school], June 1827 on the front free endleaf. Modern quarter cloth.  £25.00

19866 FALCONER, William (also Collins; Hammond & Hervey; and Somerville). THE SHIPWRECK; ... with a sketch of his life. London: Printed fro Walker and Edwards, 1817. Bound with: Dr Langhorne. THE POETICAL WORKS OF WILLIAM COLLINS. with a life of the author. And critical observations. London: Suttaby, Evans, and Fox... 1815; [and] THE POETICAL WORKS OF JAMMES HAMMOND, AND LORD HERVEY; with biographical sketches of the authors. London: W. Suttaby..., 1808. [and] William SOMERVILLE. THE CHACE, a poem... With a sketch of his life. London: Suttaby, Evance & Co.;... 1811. 4 volumes in 1, 12mo, (132x70mm), 96; 96; 65; 71p. engraved frontispiece to each title. A nice copy in contemporary calf, backstrip tooled in gilt. Modern bookplate as also an earlier ex-libris, perhaps of the original owner, formed by carefully cutting the appropriate letters from another source to form the name: E. Brown and laying these down on a piece of shaped and coloured paper. The Collins volume printed by J. Seeley in Buckingham. £85.00

18221 FIELDING, Henry. THE HISTORY OF TOM JONES, A FOUNDLING. In four volumes (although issued here in one as is correct). London: Harrison and Co., 1780. Roy.8vo in 4s, (208x133mm), 491p. drop-head titles to volumes 2-4 and printed double-column throughout, 12 engraved plates after Thomas Stothard (engraved by Grignion, Heath, Sharp, and Walker), some slight browning throughout. Disbound. ESTC locates only seven copies of this edition and notes that was also issued as part of 'The novelist's magazine' in 1781. £100.00

17868 FIELDING, Henry. TOM JONES OU L'ENFANT TROUVE. 3 Volumes, Geneve: chez Nouffer de Rodon, 1782. 12mo, (166x100mm), xii,336; 300; 332p. the text ornamented with a number of engraved head- and tail-pieces, lightly browned throughout and several leaves slightly soiled. Contemporary quarter calf, paste paper covered boards with vellum corners, joints rubbed and head and tail of the backstrips worn. Volumes 7-9 of Fielding's Oeuvres and rare, Copac locates only two sets in the UK: at the BL and Leeds.  £185.00

16606 GAY, [John]. FABLES BY THE LATE Mr. GAY. In one volume complete. London: Printed for J. Buckland [& 20 other named London booksellers], 1775. 12mo, (170x105mm), 240p. lightly spotted. Contemporary (?original) sheep, edges worn, rebacked. £125.00

21471 [GIBBES, Phoebe] THE HISTORY OF LADY LOUISA STROUD, and the honourable Miss Caroline Stretton. Volume 1 only (of 2). First edition, London: printed for, and sold  by, E. Noble, at his circulating library;... and J. Noble... 1764. 8vo, (183x110mm), [2],vi,212p. some minor worm damage in the head margin. Contemporary calf, very worn and the front cover detached. (ESTC 66900) An exceeding rare title (ESTC locates only 2 copies), and an early example of feminist fiction. ESTC also records a Dublin edition (3 locations) in the same year; but as to which has precedence of issue it is pointless to speculate. £100.00

11581 GIFFORD, William. THE BAVIAD AND AEVIAD. Eighth edition, London: printed for John Murray; Becket and Poter; and W. Blackwood, Edinburgh, by W. Bulmer, 1811. 8vo, (198x113mm), (iii-)xxi,191p but the half-title and all other pre-lims apparently present. Contemporary calf, rebacked, the earlier gilt tooled, though rather degraded, backstrips laid down, marbled endleaves. Armorial bookplate. (Isaac 'Checklist' in William Bulmer the fine printer in context, 222) £50.00

15076 GIFFORD, William. Editor.. THE QUARTERLY REVIEW. Volumes 1 & 2 (numbers 1-4) London: Printed by C. Roworth... for John Murray...; Hatchard...; and John Ballantine, Edinburgh [vol 2 adds M.N. Mahon, Dublin], 1809. 8vo, (208x130mm), [4],472; [4],488p. the titles of both vols somewhat soiled and both carrying the rubber stamp of the Chester Mechanics' Institution and a later signature. Modern quarter red crushed morocco, Cockerell marbled paper sides. The first year of Murray's influential review which includes lengthy articles on Cromek's Reliques of Robert Burns, Walpole's Anecdotes of Painters, Poyer's History of Barbadoes, Maria Edgeworth's Tales of a fashionable life and many others. £75.00

20681 GILFILLAN, George (Editor.) THE POETICAL WORKS OF HENRY KIRKE WHITE AND JAMES GRAHAME. With memoirs, critical dissertations, and explanatory notes. Edinburgh: James Nichol, 1856. Roy.8vo, (228x145mm), xxiv,326p. Head edge largely unopened in original blue-grey diagonal wave-grain cloth, gilt lettered on the backstrip, the sides with a blind-blocked frame with large floral corner ornaments, covers faded. £10.00

11502 GISBORNE, Thomas. WALKS IN A FOREST: or, Poems descriptive of scenery and incidents characteristic of a forest, at different seasons of the year. Seventh edition, corrected. London: printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, by W. Bulmer, 1808. 16mo, (157x95mm), viii,128p. 6 engraved plates after Sawrey Gilpin and dated 1797, occasional slight spotting. Near contemporary colour-marbled calf, gilt line and ornamental roll frame to the front and rear covers, joints rubbed and a small portion of leather missing from the tail of the backstrip. (Isaac 'Checklist' in William Bulmer the fine printer in context, 227) £55.00

11503 GISBORNE, Thomas. WALKS IN A FOREST: or, poems descriptive of scenery and incidents characteristic of a forest, at different seasons of the year. Seventh edition, corrected. London: printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, by W. Bulmer, 1808. 16mo, (158x98mm), viii,128p. 6 engraved plates after Sawrey Gilpin and dated 1797. Near contemporary full calf, deep floral roll frame, backstrip with black leather lettering piece and tooled in gilt and blind in the other compartments, marbled endleaves. Armorial bookplate of Anne Livesey. (Isaac 'Checklist' in William Bulmer the fine printer in context, 227) £65.00

16630 GOLDSMITH, Oliver. ESSAYS BY Dr. GOLDSMITH. Collecta revirescunt. With an account of the life and writings of the author. [Bound with] THE POETICAL WORKS OF OLIVER GOLDSMITH. With the life of the author. 2 volumes in 1, as issued. London: Printed for C. Cooke... by Wm. Calvert, 1799-1803. 12mo, (154x95mm), xvi, (17-)143,[1]; xxxix,(40-)113,[1]p. + 6p publisher's adverts. Engraved frontispiece to each volume and 1 other plate in the first named title. Untrimmed in original paper-backed boards, edges rubbed and the covers a little dust-soiled, letterpress back-label. Estc records only a single location for the first named title with the same pagination as the copy we offer. Issued as volume 4 of the Literary Cabinet and priced, according to the back label, at £1 15s. £50.00

16658 GOLDSMITH, Oliver & others. HARRISON'S BRITISH CLASSICKS VOLUME VI. Containing The connoisseur [by George Coleman], The citizen of the world [by Oliver Goldsmith], The babler [by Hugh Kelly]. London: Printed for Harrison & Co, 1786. 4to, (208x120mm), [2],313,x,208,199p. printed double-column, engraved vignette general title &17 engraved plates, mainly by Corbould but including works by Burney and others, separate titles to volume 2 of The connoisseur and the two other named titles, some slight browning. Contemporary sprinkled calf, joints and corners rubbed, backstrip with red and black lettering pieces and the compartments gilt tooled. £75.00

20067 GOLDSMITH, Oliver. THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD. A tale in two volumes. London: printed for Harrison & Co, 1790. 8vo in 4s, (212x130mm), 90p. printed double column and with only a drop-title to volume 2, as is correct the pagination being continuous. Modern quarter cloth. First issued thus in Harrison's Novelists magazine in 1780 of which, and as evidence by this edition, many of the contents were later issued separately without the engraving present in the earlier edition. £30.00

11498 GOLDSMITH, Oliver. THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD: a tale. London: printed by J. M'Creery for J. Walker [and eight others], 1810. 12mo, (156x98mm), [vi],204p. Contemporary tree marbled calf, backstrip defective, contemporary gift inscription on the front pastedown endleaf. (Isaac John M'Creery revised checklist p21.) £25.00

18023 GOLDSMITH, [Oliver]. THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD. A tale. London: printed for John Sharpe, 1818. 12mo, (162x100mm), 194,[2]p. added engraved vignette title and 3 engraved plates after Richard Westall (all dated 1819), the plates spotted and some dust-soiling of the text leaves. Contemporary green panelled calf, lettered and stamped in gilt and blind, joints and corners worn, split at the head of the backstrip, Spanish pattern marbled endleaves, bookplate removed from the front free endleaf with some damage to the marbled paper. Printed by the elder Charles Whittingham and an example of the long association between himself and Sharpe to produce well-printed editions of English classics. £30.00

17857 GRAVES, Richard. THE SPIRITUAL QUIXOTE: or, the summer's ramble of Mr. Geoffrey Wildgoose. A comic romance. 3 volumes, First edition, London: printed for J. Dodsley, 1773. 12mo, (158x96mm), xx,352; (iii-)viii,287; (iii-)xii,322p. vignette title in each volume; six pages supplied in photo-facsimile and a large part of the final leaf of volume 2 but without loss of any letterpress, slightly browned throughout. Near-contemporary quarter calf, marbled paper sides with vellum corner tips, pencilled signature of W.R. Brassington, and a later bookplate. Described as one of the most entertaining of the lesser-known novels of the eighteenth century, this satire on methodism  offers the reader a splendid insight into the simple order of country life and pastimes in the Cotswolds and the neighbouring counties at the time. The Dover's Hill sports, Warwick races, hunting, Morris dancing, and the grand parade at Bath are just some of the topics that are delightfully recorded by the author's genial and inventive pen. £325.00

9021 GRAY, Thomas. & George LYTTLETON. POEMS BY Mr. GRAY. [bound with] POEMS BY THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE LATE LORD LYTTLETON. 2 Volumes in 1, Glasgow: Printed by Andrew Foulis, 1777. 12mo, (118x72mm), [4],56; [4],84p. Contemporary marbled calf, joints and backstrip a little worn, previous owner's signature: N. Sugden 1884, on the front free endleaf.  (Gaskell, Foulis Press 618; 620). Gaskell notes the presence of a printers' dagger-mark on the titles of both volumes; that on the Gray is present but not on the Lyttelton, suggesting that this title is the variant issue he notes but states as 'not seen.' An uncommon pair of Foulis press items, ESTC locating 5 copies of Gray, and only 3 of Lyttelton with the dagger-mark. £125.00

15395 GRAY, Thomas. THE POEMS OF GRAY. A new edition. Adorned with plates. London: printed by T. Bensley, for F.J. Du Roveray; and sold by J. Wright; and T. Hurst, 1800. 8vo, (177x105mm), xxx,162p. +1p adverts, 6 engraved plates (3 after Henry Fuseli) engraved by Jas Neagle, James Heath and Thomas Holloway, some slight spotting. Contemporary tree marbled calf, gilt border on the sides, backstrip banded and tooled in gilt with back leather lettering piece, the joints and edges rubbed and slightly split at the head of the front joint, armorial bookplate of James Corry, and the signature of Maria Corry on the title. A nice copy of a handsomely printed edition. £150.00

16648 GRIFFIN, George [pseud. ie: George CANNING & others.] THE MICROCOSM, A PERIODICAL WORK, ... of the College of Eton. Inscribed to the Rev. Dr. Davies. Third edition, Volume 2 only [of 2], Windsor, Published for C. Knights... and sold by Robinson.... and Debrett, London, 1790. 12mo, (175x100mm), x,228p. slightly browned throughout. Contemporary sprinkled calf, very worn and the backstrip largely lacking, bookplate of the Gibraltar Garrison Library. The pseudonym of the author covers the writings of George Canning, Charles Ellis, Hookham Frere, and John and Robert Smith. This volume includes an essay on 'Mr. Newbery's little books, recommended in preference to novels.' £45.00

17840 GRIFFITH, George. RIBBESFORD AND OTHER POEMS. [Second edition], Worcester: printed for the author by Parry & Co. London: Simpkin, Marshall, 1859. 8vo, (199x126mm), [6],270p. some light spotting of the tiel and the paper lightly discoloured throughout. Original blind-blocked bead-grain cloth, rebacked, some fading, backstrip worn at the head and tail, bookplate. An uncommon example of English provincial verse, Copac locating only five copies of the three editions that appeared and only the BL copy of this edition. The author's notes are appended to many of the poems. £40.00

18950 HAWKESWORTH, John. ALMORAN AND HAMET, AN ORIENTAL TALE. 2 volumes in 1 (as issued). London: C. Cooke, [1794.] 12mo, (146x88mm), 96p. Engraved vignette title engraved by R Courbould after W Hakwins and dated 1794, and engraved frontispiece by J Sanders after T Kirk, the frontis. and vignette title browned and the text lightly browned at the margins. Disbound. Hawkesworth's most popular literary work, Almoran and Hamet, was also written initially in dramatic form, but recast as narrative when Garrick took fright at the potential costs of staging it. Hawkesworth had a political motive in rewriting it after the accession of George III, to whom it was dedicated: Mary Hawkesworth recalled that he ‘thought the sentiments peculiarly adapted for the use of a young monarch.' Although Almoran and Hamet may have been influenced by Johnson's Rasselas in its ethical framework, it has a more fantastic plot, involving a genie and magic spells. Comparing the two, Thomas Percy thought Johnson superior ‘in style, and in having confined his narrative within the Limits of possibility’, but Hawkesworth ‘contrived to interest his readers more, by introducing a very pleasing Love-Story.’ This edition is one of 'Cooke's pocket edition of select novels, or, novelist's entertaining library...' £35.00

19316 HILL, Aaron. ALZIRA. A TRAGEDY, Adapted for theatrical representation, as performed at the Theatre-Royal, in Covent Garden. Regulated from the prompt-books. London: printed for the proprietors, under the direction of John Bell, 1791. 12mo, (144x92mm), 84p. lacking the added engraved title, Disbound, library rubber-stamp on the title verso. Translated from F.M.A. de Voltaire's title of the same name; ESTC locates only 6 copies (2 in GB) of this edition. £5.00

9828 HODGSON, Francis. LADY JANE GRAY, a tale in two books; with miscellaneous poems, in English and Latin. London: printed by T. Bensley… for J. Mackinlay, 1809. 8vo, (205x122mm), xvi,352p. wanting the half-title, some browning and occasional slight spotting throughout, a small tear (without loss) in the fore edge of the title. Later black calf, blind-blocked central frame with floral corner ornaments within a two-line blind border, backstrip lettered direct in gilt, marbled endleaves. Signature of Frances Vaughan Hodgson, dated 1898, at the head of the title-page, and later bookplate.  The onetime Provost of Eton, Hodgson was a close friend and correspondent of Byron, indeed the latter gave him £1,000 to clear his father's debts, although Hodgson gave Byron a bond for the money the poet ommitted to destroy it and payment was subsequently claimed by his executors. £100.00

11657 HUDDESFORD, George. THE POEMS OF GEORGE HUDDESFORD, late Fellow of New College, Oxford. Now first collected. Including Salmagundi, Topsy-Turvy, Bubble and Squeak, and Crambe Repitata. With corrections, and original additions. 2 Volumes, London: printed for J. Wright by W. Bulmer, 1801. 8vo, (195x125mm), viii,145,[1 blank],[1 errata]; [iv],176p. some light browning. An entirely untrimmed copy in original boards, printed back-labels (on green paper), rubbed. (Isaac, 'Checklist' in William Bulmer the fine printer in context 277). The printed back-label showing the book to have been published at '12s. boards.' £135.00

13998 [HUDDESFORD, George.] SALMAGUNDI; A miscellaneous combination of original poetry: consisting of illusions of fancy; amatory, elegiac, lyrical, epigrammatical, and other palatable ingredients. London: printed by T. Bensley... for T. Payne,... B. White,... and J. Debrett,... 1791. 4to, (284x225mm), [6],151,[1 blank], [1 errata]p. with the added engraved vignette title by Heath after Burney, some occasional slight spotting and a short tear in the fore-margin of the penultimate leaf. Original paper covered boards, sometime rebacked preserving the original printed back-label, joints and edges worn, sealing wax ownership stamp bearing an armorial seal on the front free endleaf. A relatively early piece of work by one of England's two greatest printers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, This publication, compiled and for the most part written by George Huddesford, comprises principally odes and elegies but with a liberal representation of satirical poetry, including a somewhat scathing `Lines on the late American War.' £70.00

15405 HUGHES, John. THE POETICAL WORKS. Containing his miscellanies, epistles, masks, opera, ... cantatas, songs, odes, translations, with the life of the author. 2 volumes, Edinburgh: at the Apollo Press, by the Martins, 1779. 12mo, (140x85mm), 201;192p. engraved and printed titles to each volume, frontispiece portrait. An untrimmed copy in modern quarter buckram. John Bell's edition of the Poets of Great Britain, with the engraved titles carrying his London imprint and the printed titles carrying the Edinburgh printer's imprint. Gilbert Martin's well-deserved fame as a printer rests mainly on the series he printed for Bell, while Timperley wrote that he combined 'types of such symmetry and elegance as might vie with the painter's pencil.' £40.00

16998 JAMES, George Payne Rainsford. THE GENTLEMAN OF THE OLD SCHOOL. London & Belfast: Sims and M'Intyre, 1852. 8vo, (160x100mm), (3-)383p. presumably lacking a half-title, the title page very lightly spotted. Modern quarter cloth. A rare copy of this edition from the Parlour Library, we can locate only the British Library and London University Library copies of this edition. As a historical novelist, James was a professed follower of Scott. In the preface to the third edition of his first novel, Richelieu (1829), James relates how he sent the MS. to Scott, who, after keeping it for some months, returned it with a letter full of kindness and encouragement. Without a particle of Scott’s genius, James was a quick, patient, indefatigable worker. He poured forth historical novel after historical novel, all conscientiously accurate in historical fact, all dressed in well-invented incident, all diffuse and pompous in style, and all lifeless, humourless and characterless. James fell an easy victim to Thackeray’s gift for parody; but the modern reader will wonder why Thackeray took the trouble to parody James, unless it were that the task was agreeably easy and that James' popularity was worth a shaft of ridicule. £55.00

16774 JOHNSON, Samuel. THE HISTORY OF RASSELAS, Prince of Abissinia. [Preceded by the life of Samuel Johnson]. London: Printed for C. Cooke... by R. M'Donald, [1810.] 12mo, (151x95mm), 144p. 2 engraved plates (one browned). Disbound. Described on the title page as two volumes in 1 but obviously reset from earlier editions of this Cooke edition as the pagination is continuous. Dating of this edition (which does not appear on Copac) is taken from the imprint on the engraved plates where the year appears to have been re-engraved. £25.00

17743 JOHNSON, Samuel. RASSELAS, PRINCE OF ABISSINIA. Printed with patent types, in a manner never before attempted. Banbury: printed for P. Rusher and sold by [three named London booksellers]; and J. Rusher, Reading. 1804. 8vo (in 4s), (202x130mm), [2],135,[1]p. the final page carrying Dr. Johnson's 'To a friend.' A small hole in the fore-margin of the first four leaves, just touching the letterpress, though without loss on the final damaged page, the stitching strained. Contemporary (?original) buff paper covered limp boards, the joints and edges rubbed and worn at the head and tail of the rear joint, the covers somewhat age-soiled, but not disagreeably so; the signature of V. Cheney of Park Rd, Banbury in pencil on the front fly-leaf. (Bigmore & Wyman Bibliography of printing II.280) The head of the title-page reading 'New mode of printing.' Printed in Banbury by John Cheney I, the first printer in the town. As well as being a provincially-printed edition of Johnson's novel, a most significant point of interest regarding this book is that it is printed in the unusual typeface patented by Rusher in 1802 which, amidst other typographic crimes, dispenses with all descenders replacing them with a sort of compressed capital. Cut by Caslons, who really should have known better, there is an imbalance in the weight of some of the individual letters that makes the page somewhat unseemly to the eye. This was the first, but - alas - not the last book to use the type and was memorably described by Bigmore & Wyman as 'about as ugly a specimen of typography as can be conceived.' It was to be another half century before another member of the Cheney family saw fit to visit this typeface upon the public; there, thankfully, its use ended. £400.00

15863 JOHNSON, Samuel. RASSELAS, PRINCE OF ABISSINA; a tale. Leeds: Printed by B. Dewhirst, and sold by M. Marsden, and Co. 1814. 12mo, (170x102mm), ix,[1],237p. with the added engraved vignette title page, by Samuel Topham, and half-title, slightly browned throughout. Contemporary half calf, backstrip tooled in gilt and blind, black leather lettering piece with some very minor loss from one corner, joints and edges a little rubbed, marbled end-leaves and sprinkled edges. With the signature of J.P. Haswell, dated 1826, on the engraved title and a gift inscription on the half-title and again dated 1826, to his godson Joshia Cole Monkhouse, perhaps identifiable as the man who was later one of the prime movers in the construction of the Darlington – Barnard Castle railway and served as one of its first directors. The third instance of Johnson's novel appearing from an English provincial printer, being preceded by Rusher of Banbury, who printed an edition in his 'patent types' in 1804, and Nuttal, Fisher & Dixon of Liverpool who printed the text, together with Voltaire's Zagid in a stereotype edition in ?1813. COPAC records only four copies, in the British Library, Bodleian  Library, National Library of Scotland and York Minster Library of this rare provincial printing by Benjamin Dewhirst who worked in Leeds from 1800 (or a little before) until 1824. The handsome vignette title was engraved by another local man, Samuel Topham, engraver and copperplate printer of Kirkgate (fl. 1809-37), however, we can find no reference to the publisher, M. Marsden. £105.00

20679 JONSON, Ben. POETICAL WORKS. Edited by Robert Bell. London: John W. Parker, 1856. 8vo, (173x117mm), 288p. Original dark purple morocco-grain cloth, rebacked preserving the original backstrip, new printed back-label in facsimile of the original. £15.00

5040 JUNIUS. THE LETTERS OF JUNIUS. London: Printed for J. Mundell & Co. Edinburgh and for  J. Mundell, College, Glasgow, 1796. 12mo, (176x100 mm), viii,316p. paper very lightly browned throughout. Recent blue paper boards (utilizing near-contemporary paper) with a off-white paper backstrip. One of the numerous reprints of  the authorized edition of these famous letters which appeared in Woodfall's Public Advertiser from 1769 to 1772, containing sixty-nine letters and extensive explanatory notes and an index. Such was the attention these letters attracted that it became profitable for various booksellers to bring out editions - even before the series was concluded. At least 28 unauthorized editions were issued before Woodfall published the first authorized collection in 1772; thereafter over 70 edition appeared before 1812. £28.00

13406 KAYE, Walter J. THE LEADING POETS OF SCOTLAND from early times. [Bradford Printed] London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co, 1891. 8vo (223x140mm), 314,[4]p. +1p. advert., 5 plates; very occasional slight spotting. Original cloth, lettered and blocked in gilt. hinges strained. An anthology of Scottish verse with biographical sketches on the poets by a variety of authorities. Printed in Bradford by Thornton and Pearson, the subscribers' list shows most copies were taken up in Scotland and in the Northern counties of England. A list of agents facing the title shows a distribution network throughout the North of England, Scotland and Ireland, We suspect that this is a provincial publication and the London `publisher's' name on the imprint is solely that of a wholesaler. £35.00

20300 [KEBLE, John]. THE CHRISTIAN YEAR: thoughts in verse for the Sundays and Holydays throughout the year. Eightieth edition, Oxford: John Henry and James Parker, 1864. 8vo, (167x114mm), viii,381p. outer margins of several leaves slightly discoloured, front fly-leaf removed. Contemporary full brown calf bound by Rivere, backstrip in six compartments with raised bands and lettered and tooled in blind, the front and rear covers with a large arabesque blind ornament in the centre within a blind two-line double frame with a vine leaf tool in each intersection, marbled endleaves, joints and edges lightly rubbed. Printed by Parkers in Oxford. 'Keble's best known work, The Christian Year, was probably the widest selling book of poetry in the nineteenth century. Its diverse readership went well beyond the high-church element within the Church of England, and well beyond the Church of England itself. Published anonymously in July 1827, when Keble was in his thirty-fifth year, a first edition of 500 was soon followed by a second edition in November. Six additional poems were added to the third edition in 1828. By 1837 there had been sixteen editions and by Keble's death there were ninety-five. When copyright expired in 1873 there were 158 editions and copyright sales stood at 379,000.' (DNB). £20.00

6338 KNIGHT, Charles, Editor. HALF HOURS WITH THE BEST AUTHORS. Volume 1 containing twenty-six weekly parts. London: Charles Knight, 1850. 12mo, (210x135mm), [4],312 ,[4],312p 2 engraved frontispieces & illustrated title, some spotting of the title and frontispiece to the first 'quarter,' stitching strained at the front hinge. Contemporary half morocco, joints and edges rubbed, as is the marbled paper on the sides of the binding. £15.00

11475 KNIGHT, Henry Gally. PHROSYNE: a Grecian tale. Alashtar: an Arabian tale. London: John Murray, 1817. [500 copies], 8vo, (204x133mm), [iv[,112p. the first and last few leaves lightly browned and some slight spotting elsewhere. Rebound in recent half dark blue morocco, marbled paper sides. early owner's signature on the title and a later bookplate. (Isaac John M'Creery revised checklist p24) Printed by John M`Creery and apparently the only book he printed for Murrays. Isaac notes that the print run for this work was only 500 copies. £70.00

17013 [KNOX, Vicesimus.] ELEGANT EPISTLES: BEING A COPIOUS COLLECTION OF FAMILIAR AND AMUSING LETTERS, selected for the improvement of young persons, and for general entertainment. From Cicero, Pliny... Locke, Shaftesbury, Pope, Swift... Hoadly, Chesterfield, and many others. With an appendix, containing letters from Sevigny, Blazac, Maintenon, &c. New edition, improved and enlarged. London: printed for T. Longman [and 23 other named London booksellers], 1794. 8vo, (234x144mm), xii,[12],873p +1p adverts of other work's by the same author, engraved frontispiece, occasional light spotting. Contemporary marbled calf, the outer area of the covers and backstrip acid marbled, with a central panel of tree marbling; backstrip and corner tips rubbed and a neat repair to the tail of the front joint, marbled endleaves. Knox's motivation for his series of collections of elegant extracts was the education and improvement of a youthful and middling readership: 'the man of a liberal profession,,, [and] the mercantile classes.' While not ignoring the classical writers, one of Knox's principle aims was to identify and introduce into the canon those elements of modern literature he believed of particular benefit for 'the commerce of ordinary life'. His focus also resulted in a noticeably generous coverage of eighteenth-century women writers, including Elizabeth Montague, Anna Seward, and the ladies Wortley Montagu, Luxburgh and Bradshaigh, as well as a number of letters between Doctor Johnson and Mrs Thrale. Appreciative of established talents and alert, here and in other works, to the potential of female students, Knox combined the promotion of modern women's writing with an ongoing campaign against sources of false learning. (DNB) £85.00

11687 LA FONTAINE. FABLES FROM LA FONTAINE, in English verse [by John Matthews]. London: John Murray, 1820. 8vo (228x135mm), (3-)vii,[4],370p. slightly soiled, the title a tad more heavily so. Later 19th century half calf, cloth sides. (Isaac 'Checklist' in William Bulmer the fine printer in context307) Bulmer's imprint on the versos of the title and final text leaf, with parallel texts in French and English on facing pages. £35.00

13007 LAMB, Charles. SPECIMENS OF ENGLISH DRAMATIC POETS who lived about the time of Shakespeare. With notes. New edition, including the extracts from the Garrick Plays. London: Henry G. Bohn, 1854. 8vo, (190x120), viii,552p. adverts for Bohn's various libraries on the end- and fly leaves. Original blind embossed cloth, rubbed. £10.00

19999 LAMB, James Bland. THE BIRTH AND TRIUMPH OF LOVE. A poem. [Third edition], London: printed by T. Bensley... sold by R. Jennings... and P.W. Tomkins, 1823. 8vo, (175x107mm), [2],56p. 22 of 24 plates and 2 engraved vignettes engraved by P.W. Tomkins after drawings by 'An illustrious personage.' Title page browned and some occasional spotting thereafter. Contemporary half calf, faded and slightly rubbed, marbled paper sides worn at the edges; bookplate of Edward Oliver. The 'illustrious personage' responsible for the illustrations was Princess Elizabeth and the original edition of this poem, published in 1796, was inspired by the drawings from which the engravings were made. The plates in this edition carry the date of the second edition of 1822. £45.00

17693 LANEHAM, Robert. LANEHAM'S LETTER DESCRIBING THE MAGNIFICENT PAGEANTS PRESENTED BEFORE QUEEN ELIZABETH AT KENILWORTH CASTLE IN 1575; repeatedly referred to in the romance of Kenilworth; with an introductory preface, glossarial and explanatory notes. London: printed for J.H. Burn, 1821. 8vo, (200x120mm), xviii,114p. +1p adverts, wood-engraved frontispiece portrait of Elizabeth I, paper tear (from careless opening) to the fore-edge of one leaf, without loss from the printed area. Contemporary [?original] paper covered boards, recently rebacked in cloth, the edges and corner tips rubbed. Bookplate of Paul Morgan. Laneham - described by F.J. Furnival as a 'coxcomb... a most amusing, self-satisfied, rollicking chap' - provides the reader with a view of a world 'permeated with images derived from books of chivalry.' The text provided a major source for Scott's Kenilworth and Laneham himself received a minor role in the romance. Pages 36-8 contain a list of ballads and romances from the collection of his friend Captain Cox of Coventry. £90.00

17813 LANEHAM, Robert. LANEHAM'S LETTER DESCRIBING THE MAGNIFICENT PAGEANTS PRESENTED BEFORE QUEEN ELIZABETH AT KENILWORTH CASTLE IN 1575; repeatedly referred to in the romance of Kenilworth; with an introductory preface, glossarial and explanatory notes. Warwick and Leamington: John Merridew, 1824 8vo, (187x118mm), xviii,104p. wood-engraved frontispiece portrait of Elizabeth I with an aquatint engraving of Kenilworth Castle by J. Bailey after Maria Johnson; near-contemporary half purple calf, marbled paper sides, backstrip rather faded and worn at the head. (Unrecorded in Morgan Printing and Publishing in Warwickshire ) Copac locates only two copies of this provincially published edition. Laneham - described by F.J. Furnival as a 'coxcomb... a most amusing, self-satisfied, rollicking chap' - provides the reader with a view of a world 'permeated with images derived from books of chivalry.' The text provided a major source for Scott's Kenilworth and Laneham himself received a minor role in the romance. Pages 36-8 contain a list of ballads and romances from the collection of his friend Captain Cox of Coventry. Despite the Warwickshire imprint, this edition was printed in London by S. & R. Bentley who also printed the 1821 London edition. £115.00

15394 [LANGHORNE, John] THE CORRESPONDENCE OF THEODOSIUS AND CONSTANTIA, from their first acquaintance to the departure of Theodosius: with the letters which passed between them after Constantia had taken the veil. New Edition, London: printed by T. Bensley, for Vernor and Hood; J. Cuthell; and H.L. Gardner, 1799. 8vo, (220x140mm), [4],xvi,290p. +2p. publisher's adverts, engraved frontispiece by Neagle after Thurston, some offset from the image onto the facing title and some slight spotting thereafter. Contemporary full tree-marbled calf, backstrip banded and tooled in gilt with green leather lettering piece, a little rubbed at the edges. Signatures of early owners' on the front free endleaf and title, the latter that of one M.M. Penny of Ambleside. For a book which ran through several editions and from a popular contemporary writer, this edition is relatively rare, ESTC recording only 6 copies in the UK of which 3 are in the BL. Langhorne was born in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria and educated at Appleby Grammar School, his works were rather damned with faint praise by Alexander Chalmers (Works of the English poets, 1810) who wrote: 'although a scholar of high attainments, he has rarely brought learning to his aid. His mind was stored with remarks on men and manners, which he expressed in various and desultory modes, so as to give an air of novelty to every thing he wrote.' £55.00

12198 LOCKE, John. [& BACON, Francis]. THE CONDUCT OF THE UNDERSTANDING. By John Locke. [with] Essays, moral, economical, & political by Francis Bacon. With sketches of the lives of Locke and Bacon. London: printed by J. Walker; F.C. and J. Rivington [and 15 other named London booksellers], 1818. 16mo in 8s, (140x80mm), xii,262p. engraved frontispiece and added vignette title, both by Fisher after T. Uwins, some slight spotting. Original printed paper covered boards, slightly soiled and rubbed, but nonetheless an attractive survival in the original publisher's edition binding. The front cover carries the title and full imprint, the rear cover carries a priced list of 'Walker's British Classics' and the spine has a short title and the printed price of three shillings. £35.00

16806 LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth. EVANGELINE: A TALE OF ACADIE. [?second English edition], London: George Slater, 1849. 8vo, (140x95mm), [2 adverts],viii,[2],(7-)154p. (as is correct), Original green morocco-grain cloth, lettered and blocked in blind, covers a little spotted and the backstrip slightly discoloured, previous owner's pencilled signature at the head of the title. Copac locates 2 copies of an English edition subjectively dated to [1848?], this copy carries a leaf of advertisements for Slater's Shilling Series, before the title. £40.00

18960 [MACKENZIE, Henry.] JULIA DE ROUBIGNÉ, A TALE. In a series of letters. Published by the author of The man of feeling and The man of the world. Third edition, Volume 2 only. London: printed for W. Strahan; T Cadell,,,; and W, Creech, at Edinburgh, 1781. 12mo, (173x102mm), viii,202p. +1p. author's adverts. Contemporary calf, joints split and backstrip faded. In her introduction to the 1999 critical edition, Susan Manning writes that this neglected work 'represents not the dying gasp of the literature of sentiment, but an experiment which, in searching the psychological bankruptcies of sensibility, charts new ground in the fictional representation of emotional disturbance, melodramatic climax ceases to gesture back towards Rousseau and the world of virtuous sensibility, and points instead towards the self-alienation and disintegration explored in later Scottish masterpieces, such as, for example, Hogg's Confessions or J. MacDougall Hay's Gillespie'. £25.00

18530 MANUAL, Juan. COUNT LUCANOR: or, the fifty pleasant stories of Patronio, written by the Prince Don Juan Manuel, A.D. 1335-1437. First done into English from the Spanish, by James York. London: Basil Montagu Pickering, 1868. 8vo, (176x110mm), [2],xvi,246p. publisher's adverts, preceded by a tipped-in 4p prospectus for the work; title-page in red and black within an ornamental woodcut border with Whittingham's 'Aldus' pressmark on the facing leaf. Some slight finger-soiling but generally a nice copy in original black cloth, blocked in red, the cover a little faded at the fore-edge and rebacked preserving most of the original backstrip. The translator and editor's gift inscription: 'To Mrs Hodgson with the author's Kind Regards. James York.' in the head margin of the title. The first edition in English of this classic fourteenth Century Spanish work which includes among its sources the works of Aesop and other classics writers, and Arabian folktales while remaining very much an original work. Each tale presents a story within a story in which the Count asks his servant questions, and gives him a problems to solve. For his part the servant responds with a similar problem and from the ensuing conclusion a solution is extracted. Influential on both Shakespeare and Hans Christian Anderson, Count Lucanor is considered to be one of the earliest works of prose fiction. £60.00

11520 MASON, William. SAFFO DRAMMA LIRICO in the atti sul modello Toscano dall'Inglese di Guglielmo Mason. Tradotto da T.J. Mathias. Londra: presso T. Becket e E.G. Porter, 1809. 12mo, (158x97mm), [4],59,[1]p. +2p publisher's adverts, engraved frontipsiece and title vignette. Contemporary full calf, gilt frame, backstrip with dark green lettering pieces and gilt tooling in the other compartments, marbled endleaves and edges, colour-printed bookplate of George Benson Weston. (Isaac 'Checklist' in William Bulmer the fine printer in context, 355) Bulmer's imprint on the verso of the title and final text leaf. The first edition in translation, although the English text was printed in 1797. £135.00

11629 MASSINGER, Philip. THE PLAYS OF PHILIP MASSINGER. With notes critical and explanatory by William Gifford. 4 Volumes, London: printed for G. and W. Nicol; F. and C. Rivington; Payne; Barker; Cadell and Davies; Miller; Evans; Mawman; and Longman, Hurst, Rees and Co. by W. Bulmer, 1805. 8vo, stipple engraved frontispiece (the date ammened in ms) to vol.1, half-titles present in all vols. Contemporary tree marbled calf, gilt 2-line frame, backstrips with black leather lettering pieces (slightly worn) and gilt tooled in the other compartments, joints rubbed and weak, but holding. Armorial bookplate of Edward Weatherby. (Isaac 333) £200.00

11630 MASSINGER, Philip. THE PLAYS OF PHILIP MASSINGER. With notes critical and explanatory by William Gifford. 4 Volumes, London: printed for G. and W. Nicol; F. and C. Rivington; Cadell and Davies; Longman & co.; Lackington & Co.; J. Barker; White and Cochrane; R.H. Evans; J. Murray; J. Mawman; J. Faulder; and Baldwin; 1813. 8vo, stipple engraved frontispiece portait in vol.1, some slightly browning. Mid-19th century half calf, marbled sides, endleaves and edges, sometime rebacked. Bookplate of the United Services Club. (Isaac 334) Printed by William Bulmer. £140.00

11538 MATHIAS, Thomas. James. THE PURSUIT OF LITERATURE, a satirical poem in four dialogues, with notes. To which are added an appendix; the citations translated; and a complete index. Sixteenth edition, London: printed for Becket and Porter, by W. Bulmer, 1812. Royal Paper Copy, 4to, (310x245mm), [8],lxii,(63-)542pp. some slight spotting. Contemporary (?original) roan, marbled paper sides, backstrip and edges worn. Armorial bookplate of Thomas Watkin Foster. (Isaac 358) A printed slip laid down at the head of the hinge of the front pastedown endleaf states: `Royal Paper £3. 3s. in extra boards' leading us to suspect that this is an original published binding rather than merely contemporary. £150.00

15075 [MATHIAS, Thomas James] THE PURSUITS OF LITERATURE A satirical poem in four dialogues with notes. Fourteenth edition with the citations translated and with a complete index. London: printed for T. Becket, 1808. 8vo, (213x133mm), xxiv,579,[1 blank],[68]p. spotted throughout. Modern binders' cloth. A vigorous satire on contemporary authors. £20.00

11821 [MATHIAS, T.J.] POESIE LIRICHE E PROSE TOSCANE. Londra: edizione non divulgate, 1810. 4to, (305x240mm), [160]p. +1p. publisher's adverts, the various component parts paginated seperately 4 engraved plates, some occasional slight spotting. Contemporary (?original) half red morcoo, dark buff sides, backstrip very degraded and the text block loose. Inscribed `Dall' Autore' at the head of the title. (Isaac 'Checklist' in William Bulmer the fine printer in context356; Martin Privately printed books p188) Bulmer's imprint on the title verso. £120.00

17028 MIDDLETON, S. ON MR JESSOP'S BEAUTIFUL PLANTAIN, "THE MUSA." Cheltenham: J.J. Hadley, 1843. Single leaf, (252x141mm), set within a single-rule frame with ornate corner ornaments, slightly soiled. A poem by the author of Pompeii &c reprinted from the Cheltenham Journal of 6 March 1843. Presumably one of a limited number of copies reset within an ornamental frame and run off for the author. £15.00

13478 MILLER, Thomas. RURAL SKETCHES. New edition, London: J. & C. Brown, & Co., Ave Maria Lane, [1862?] 8vo, (163x100mm), viii,383p. 23 wood-engravings, title and first few leaves slightly browned. Contemporary calf, lacking the backstrip and the covers detached, a prize binding from the Edinburgh Angus Club with their gilt device on the front cover, and a presentation bookplate on the front free pastedown endleaf. Rare, Copac records only three copies of this edition. £36.00

10863 MILMAN, Henry Hart. THE MARTYR OF ANTIOCH: a dramatic poem. London: John Murray, 1822. 8vo (223 x 140mm.), viii,168p. +8p publishers listing of books  'in the press' or 'preparing for publication', occasional spotting. Contemporary (?original) boards, modern reback with near-matching Ingres paper and rather unsuitable endleaves, previous owner's signatures on the title. Bookplate. An '… effective struggle between human affections and fidelity to conviction. The description of Jerusalem put into the mouth of Titus has been greatly admired, and with reason'. (DNB) £20.00

11510 MILMAN, Henry Hart. SAMOR, LORD OF THE BRIGHT CITY. An heroic poem. Second edition, London: John Murray, 1818. 8vo, (218x143mm), viii,368p, some slight spotting. Contemporary boards, front joint split, corner tips worn.  (Isaac 'Checklist' in William Bulmer the fine printer in context373a) A lengthy poem on ancient British history centred on Elduph de Samor, 'an historical character, as far as legends can be called History.' Printed by William Bulmer. £35.00

11511 MILMAN, Henry Hart. SAMOR, LORD OF THE BRIGHT CITY. An heroic poem. [First edition], London: John Murray, 1818. 8vo, (211x133mm), viii,358p. Internally a very clean and bright copy in modern boards,  (Isaac 'Checklist' in William Bulmer the fine printer in context 373) A lengthy poem on ancient British history centred on Elduph de Samor, 'an historical charcter, as far as legends can be called History.' Printed by William Bulmer. £40.00

11560 MONTAGU, Elizabeth. THE LETTERS OF Mrs. ELIZABETH MONTAGU, with some of the letters of her correspondents. Part the first, containing her letters from an early age to the age of twenty-three. Published by Matthew Montague. 2 volumes, London: printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, by W. Bulmer and Co., 1809. 8vo, (179x115mm), 304,[1]; 318,[1]p. Engraved frontispiece to vol.1, errata leaf present in both volumes, some slight spotting and some offset from the frontispiece onto the facing title. Contemporary half red morocco, gilt line border, dull buff paper sides, backstrip lightly faded. (Isaac 'Checklist' in William Bulmer, the fine printer in context 376 ) Fully published in four volumes between 1809 and 1814, Isaac notes there was a second edition of the two volumes of Part 1 also published in 1809. These volumes contain the early letters of Elizabeth Montagu (née Robinson), a remarkable lady: the first blue stocking, a friend of Walpole, Burke and Johnson, the pre-eminent intellectual hostess in London in her time and, perhaps most memorably, the lady who said 'I never invite idiots to my house.' £75.00

18003 [MORE, Hannah.] THE SEARCH AFTER HAPPINESS: a pastoral drama. Eighth edition, London: printed for T. Cadell, 1786. 8vo, (225x140mm), [10],54p. the half-title present and somewhat browned, with some slight browning thereafter. Modern Ingres paper wrappers, fore and tail edges untrimmed. Hannah More's  first significant work composed in her late teens. Originally published in Bristol in 1762, this pastoral verse drama for schoolgirls expresses her views on women's education and role in society. Speeches from archetypal female characters such as the fashionable Euphelia, the bookish Cleora, and the lazy Laurinda describe the various unhappinesses arising from a mistaken education, and it is left to the wise Urania to counsel her sex to cultivate the domestic virtues and to be 'Fearful of Fame, unwilling to be known' The play was performed at the Mores' school and, once republished in London in 1773, was eagerly bought by the public; over 10,000 copies had been sold by the mid-1780s and a twelfth edition appeared in 1800. Despite its huge contemporary success only a very few dozen copies are located on Estc and of this particular edition but ten: 5 UK, 4 USA, and 1 Aus. £225.00

11661 MORE, Thomas. UTOPIA. A most pleasant, fruitful, and witty work, of the best state of a public weal, and of the new isle called Utopia; written in Latin by the right worthy and famous Sir Thomas More, knight, and translated into English by Ralph Robinson, A.D.1551. A new edition; with copious notes, and a biographical and literary introduction by the Rev, T.F. Dibdin. 2 volumes, London: printed by William Bulmer for William Miller, 1808. 8vo, (192x130mm), viii,clxxx,141; 320,[1]p. Engraved frontispiece portrait, numerous engraved head and tailpiece vignettes, some slight spotting. Original drab-olive boards, worn, printed back labels, previous owners signature: Robert Scott Fettes, dated 10 June 1859 on the front free endleaf on each vol. Bookplate . (Isaac `checklist' in William Bulmer, the fine printer in context 378; Jackson 12; Windle & Pippin A9a) This was Bulmer's first piece of printing for Dibdin and while the Reverend's scholarship might not meet today's higher standards (the text of this edition, for instance, is taken from the Alsop 1639 edition which Dibdin excoriates in his introduction) he did bring forth some of the printer's finest work. (Isaac p57) £225.00

8504 NARES, Robert. A GLOSSARY; OR, COLLECTION OF WORDS, PHRASES, NAMES, AND ALLUSIONS to customs, proverbs, &c. which have been thought to require Illustration in the works of English authors, particularly Shakespeare and his contemporaries. London: Printed for Robert Triphook, 1822. 4to,  [8],585p. title very slighty soiled and a small very faint stain in the tail margin of 2 leaves, otherwise a clean and crisp copy. Later 19th century half sheep, backstrip faded, joints and edges rubbed. 'An excellent work.' Lowndes, £195.00

8413 PALTOCK, Robert. THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF PETER WILKINS. With a preface by A.H. Bullen, 2 Volumes. London: Reeves & Turner, 1884. 8vo, xxxii,272; xii,360p. some very slight internal spotting but generally a rather nice copy in an arguably unsuitable later grey cloth binding, rubbed, printed back labels degraded. Bookplate of Edmund Gosse who described this book as 'a beautiful dream of the winged race ... a minor classic.' and also that of John M. Cameron. Gosse was not alone in his admiration of a work which vied in popularity with Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver's Travels. Southey, Leigh Hunt, Scott, Thackeray and Dickens all knew it well, Lamb read it surreptitiously at Christ's Hospital, and Coleridge and Shelly drew reflections from it in their poetry. Several late 19th century critics sought to revive its popularity, none more that A.H. Bullen whose preface appears in this edition for the first time. £100.00

17358 PARNELL, Thomas. POEMS ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. Glasgow: printed by Robert Urie, 1748. 12mo, (167x98mm), [2],247,[3]p. occasional slightly browned. Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt tooled in the spince compartments with red leather lettering piece, joints rubbed and occasionally worn with some slight loss of leather from the rear and edges rubbed, bookplate. The first Glasgow printing of this collection of verse by the Arch-Deacon of Clogher, the half-title carries a note that the book was 'Price bound and lettered Half-a-Crown.' £80.00

20477 PATER, Walter. MARIUS THE EPICUREAN. His sensations and ideas. Second edition, 2 volumes (the second volume carrying the impression note: third thousand, on the verso of the title-page), London: Macmillan, 1885. 8vo, (213x130mm), 239; 218p. printed on handmade paper. Untrimmed in original quarter buff cloth, grey-blue cloth sides, printed back-labels, the backstrips discoloured; signature of C.J. Holmes, dated 1889, on the front free endleaf of volume one. Pater's only completed full-length fiction; an historical and philosophical account that explores the intellectual development of a young Roman. £30.00

18400 PEELE, George. PLAYS AND POEMS. With an introduction by Henry Morley. London: George Routledge, 1887. 8vo, (192x130mm), 288p. Original cloth, printed back-label slightly degraded, covers very slightly soiled and the backstrip a little discoloured; publisher's illustrated adverts on the endleaves. £10.00

13417 POLITICAL MERRIMENT. POLITICAL MERRIMENT: OR, TRUTHS TOLD TO SOME TUNE. London: printed for A. Boulter, without Temple Bar, 1715. 12mo, (158x97mm), [4],56p. some spotting. Modern binders' paper covered hardback boards, Mentmore Library stamp on the title. The first half only of part 3 with the separate title page present. ESTC records a number of copies most of which are incomplete to a greater or lesser degree. A collection of political ballads including a 'new song' on The South-Sea Trade, a satire against the joint-stock companies whose fraudulent practises led, a few years later, to the South Sea Bubble. £50.00

12351 PORTER, Jane, THADDEUS OF WARSAW. Revised, corrected, and illustrated with a new introduction, notes, etc. London: Henry Colby and Richard Bentley, 1831. 8vo, 4p. publisher's adverts; xxii,440p. engraved vignette title and frontispiece, plates lightly browned. Modern binder's cloth. The publisher's Standard Novels series No. 4. £20.00

6888 RAMSAY, Allan. THE WORKS OF ALLAN RAMSAY. With a Life of the Author by George Chalmers; and Essay on his Genius and Writings by Lord Woodhouselee; and an Appendix Relative to His Life and Posthumous Reputation. 3 Volumes. Edinburgh & London: A. Fullarton, [1848]. 8vo, [iv]+340; [iv]+348; [iv]+420p. engraved frontispiece and vignette title to each volume. Original red calico grain cloth, slightly soiled. printed back-label to each volume (these slightly worn), stitching strained at the front of volume 1. £40.00

21505 RAWNSLEY, H.D. LITERARY ASSOCIATIONS OF THE ENGLISH LAKES. Volume 1 [complete in itself] Cumberland, Keswick and Southey's country. Glasgow: James MacLehose, 1894. 8vo, (197x126mm) xiv,232p. folding map. Original green cloth cloth, gilt lettered, free endleaves spotted. Covering Greta Hall, Applethwaite, Derwentwater, Mirehouse &c. with notice of Southey, Coleridge, Wordsworth, George Beaumont, Ruskin, Tennyson and various other literary worthies. £15.00

18541 ROACH, J. (Publisher). ROACH'S BEAUTIFUL EXTRACTS OF PROSAIC WRITERS. Carefully selected for the young and rising generation. Containing pieces, moral and entertaining, classical and historical, orations, characters, narratives, dialogues, &c. &c. Volume 3 containing numbers 9-12 (contents as detailed below). London: J. Roach, 1796. 12mo, (153x97mm), 234,[6]p.  4 engraved vignette part-titles and 3 engraved plates by Barlow after Cruikshanks [sic]. Contemporary half calf, marbled paper sides, very worn. Estc locates only a single UK copy of the four volumes of this work, together with a further 7 copies elsewhere in the world. Illustrated by Isaac Cruikshank (father of George & Robert), a close friend of the publisher, it contains: The history of Fair Rosamond, The disadvantages of a bad education (Johnson), The history of Jane Shore; The reward of virtue (Walsh), Emilia of the unforced repentance (Griffiths), The complaints of the five senses (Trifler), On the beauty and happiness of an open behaviour (Knox); The ramble of a benevolent man (Know), On enjoyments of early times (Goldsmith), The thunder storm a view of rural life and female adventures (Pratt), Benevolence and humanity (Blair); The history of Luisa and The triumph of constancy (Griffiths) and Story of a dead ass (Sterne). £50.00

15955 ROBERTS, William. MEMOIRS OF THE LIFE AND CORRESPONDENCE OF Mrs. HANNAH MORE. Second edition, four volumes. London: R.B. Seeley and W. Burnside; 1834. 8vo, (207x128mm), xxiv,407; [4],478,[1]; [4],466; [4],448p. A good copy internally, in original patterned calico-grain cloth, corner tips rubbed and the joints splitting (largely at the head of tail) of vols 1, 3 & 4, rather heavily so on the latter. Printed by Seeley's in Thames Ditton, an important biography of the great lady with copious and lengthy quotations from her correspondence. Apart from the textual significance of this collection, it has a not uninteresting Scottish provenance. The front free endleaves of volume one carry a manuscript notice on the pastedown: '4d per night Robert Ogles Library 1 Antigua Street Leith Walk Edin' and on the free: 'Subscribers to Pay the same as Nonsubscribers if Kept Longer than two nights 1 Antigua Street Leith Walk Edinb.' We assume the same appears on the endleaves of the other three volumes however, in each instance the free has been tipped against the pastedown and so we cannot be positive. Ogle (fl 1823-90) traded as a bookseller and stationers from several addresses in Edinburgh, he started his circulating library in, or shortly before, 1827 and was trading from the address given in these volumes between 1830 and 1838. £150.00

15357 ROGERS, Samuel. HUMAN LIFE, A POEM. First edition, London: John Murray, 1819. 4to, (234x179mm), 96p. some very occasional slight spotting. Contemporary diced russia, backstrip, joints and edges rubbed and some loss of leather from the head/spine of the front cover, bookplate. Printed by Bensley and Son in an edition of 750 copies between January and March 1819. Simon Nowell-Smith 'This may not be a great work of literature, but bibliographically it is curious' (in The Book Collector, Autumn 1985 362-5) notes four states of the quarto issue (one of which he admits is hypothetical), this appears to be Nowell-Smith's variant iv with cancels that add additional lines to several verses.  £145.00

13943 ROGERS, Samuel. ITALY, A POEM Part the first. Third edition, London: John Murray, 1823. 8vo, (165x110mm), [8],212p. occasional pencilled marginal annotation. Contemporary calf, gilt single line border accanthus blind acanthus leaf frame, marbled endleaves, modern reback, bookplate. Printed by Thomas Bensley. £35.00

14327 ROGERS, Samuel. THE PLEASURE OF MEMORY, with other poems. New edition, London: printed by Thomas Bensley, for T. Cadell, 1802. 8vo, (158x98mm), [8],187p. 15 engraved vignettes after Stothard. Contemporary morocco, gilt floral border within a single line frame on the covers, backstrip banded in gilt with a lyre ornament in the compartments and lettered direct, all edges gilt, marbled endleaves with an earlier owners small stencilled ownership mark on both the front free and pastedown. The ownership mark of a horn over the initials W J appears on both the free and paste-down marbled endleaves, such small-scale personal stencils while apparently not particularly uncommon, certainly in France, are rarely appreciated as an often attractive alternative to an ex-libris as a method of recording ownership of a book. £45.00

14358 ROGERS, Samuel. THE PLEASURES OF MEMORY, with other poems. A new edition. London: printed for T. Caddell and W. Davies for T.Bensley, 1803. 8vo, (160x98mm), [6],187p. 15 engraved vignettes after Stothard, some slight browning. A handsome copy in contemporary tree marble calf, backstrip banded and tooled in gilt with red and green lettering pieces, a gilt ornamental roll border framing the front and rear covers, the joints slightly worn, marbled endleaves, bookplate, presentation inscription, dated 1824, on the title. £45.00

11481 ROGERS, Samuel. POEMS. London: printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies,… by T. Bensley, 1812. 8vo, (155x93mm) [viii],275,[1]p. 64 wood engraved illustrations, head- and tail-pieces engraved by Luke Clennell after drawings by Thomas Stothard. Near contemporary full dark brown calf, two-line gilt and 1 line  blind wavy border with a blind blocked central ornament, backstrip gilt with red leather lettering piece, the joints, edges and surface of the leather rubbed, French shell marbled endleaves, bookplate. (Hayward English poetry 224 a `typical period-piece'; Isaac Bensley tentative checklist p26) £75.00

8819 ROWE, Nicholas [& Gilbert WEST]. THE POETICAL WORKS OF NICHOLAS ROWE. Containing his Miscellanies, Epistles, Epigrams, Odes, Songs, Prologues, Epilogues, Imitations, &c. &c. &c. [Together with] THE POETICAL WORKS OF GILBERT WEST. With the Life of the Author. 2 Vols in 1. Edinburgh: At the Apollo Press, by the Martins, 1781. 18mo, (125x75mm), 142; 131p. engraved portrait and second title to the first named volume, some slight soiling and with a previous owner's signature (dated 1853) on the second Rowe title verso. Early nineteenth century half red roan, French shell marbled paper sides rubbed at the edges, the front joint split but holding. Bell's edition of 'The Poets of Great Britain...' £40.00

13929 [SAYERS, James.] ELIJAH'S MANTLE: A tribute to the memory of the Right Hon. William Pitt. A new edition, London: printed for John Joseph Stockdale, 1807. 8vo, (203x132mm), 13, [1 blank]p. +2p. publisher's adverts. Disbound and preserved in a modern binders' cloth envelope chemise. Other, possibly, than a single sheet printing dated 2 February 1806, we believe this to be the first `authorised' edition of a political poem that ran to six editions in the same year and is sometimes erroneously attributed to George Canning. The advertisement leaf states that 'Various inaccurate copies of the following beautiful verses having got into circulation, the Publisher of this edition has been so fortunate as to prevail upon the Author to favour him with a correct transcript of the Poem, which is here presented to the Public in its original state, as it was written in February, 1806.' £50.00

20682 SCOTT, Walter. THE POETICAL WORKS OF SIR WALTER SCOTT. With life. London: Gall & Inglis, [1875?] 8vo, (265x163mm), xvi,624p. engraved vignette title frontispiece & 4 engraved plates by T.G. Flowers (possibly the Edinburgh engraver Thomas Flowers), the text set within a single-line ruled border printed in red, some occasional slight spotting. Original green calico-grain cloth, ornately blocked in gilt and black on the front cover and with a vellum onlay blocked and lettered in gilt, the rear cover blocked in blind; rebacked preserving the original backstrip; prize label of Dorrington House School, dated 1877, on the front pastedown. £35.00

15911 SCOTT, Walter. WOODSTOCK OR THE CAVALIER. Edinburgh: Adam & Charles Black, 1868. 8vo, (225x143mm), [2],(159-)431p. Original colour-illustrated wrappers, backstrip very worn, previous owner's signature (dated 1874) at the head of the title page and front wrapper. Bookplate of Anne & F.G. Renier. Calling itself the 'Copyright' edition at the head of the front wrappers, this is a  cheap (sixpenny) edition for the growing mass-readership of Victorian Britain, it is a separate issue of one of the elements of volume 4 of the Waverley Novels Copyright Edition. £15.00

11946 SHAKESPEARE, William. THE DRAMATIC WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE. Revised by George Steevens. No.I. Much ado about nothing.[&] Richard III. London: printed by W. Bulmer for John and Josiah Boydell, and George Nicol; from the types of W. Martin, 1791. Folio, (443x334mm), [6],98; [2 blank], 143p. lacks the plates, some browning, occasionally heavily so particularly the last few leaves. Untrimmed in original royal blue paper-covered boards, printed front label backstrip lacking and rather worn and contained in a modern cloth solander case. (Isaac 'Checklist' in William Bulmer the fine printer in context,  474 part) Sadly without the plates to this part of Boydell's monumental undertaking to produce an edition of the world's greatest playright in a manner that befitted the nation of his birth. However, let us not be too picky, here is a copy of the first part of that great undertaking in the original style of publication and as such exceedingly rare. £175.00

14963 SHAKESPEARE,William. HAMLET BY WILLIAM SHAKE-SPEARE, 1603; HAMLET BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, 1604. Being exact reprints of the first and second editions of Shakespeare's great drama, from the very rare originals in the possession of his Grace the Duke of Devonshire; with the two text printed on opposite pages, and so arranged that the parallel passages face each other. And a bibliographical preface by Samuel Timmins. [Birmingham printed] London: Sampson Low, Son, and Co., 1860. 8vo, (228x145mm), xxii,200p. original title pages reproduced. Original cloth, somewhat spotted, rebacked. Printed in Birmingham by Josiah Allen, and an exceedingly accurate type facsimile of the original texts where 'the most scrupulous care has been exercised in the production of this volume; that the old-fashioned and mis-spellings, printers' blunders (which might, perhaps, be wrongly attributed to the present edition) the punctuation, &c., of the Originals have been minutely copied throughout.' £35.00

17987 SHAKESPEARE, William. KING HENRY VI. Third part. Glasgow: David Bryce and Son; London: Henry Frowde, [c.1900]. Miniature 16mo, (53x34mm), 432p. Some dust-soiling. Original limp calf, blind blocked on the front cover, joints and edges worn, Japanese pattern marbled end-leaves. Rare; Copac locates a single copy of this title in the National Library of Scotland. However, that copy has a different pagination to that which we offer and no mention is made of the Frowde - OUP joint imprint. £50.00

18949 SHERIDAN, Frances Chamberlaine. THE HISTORY OF NOURJAHAD: THE PERSIAN. London: printed for C. Cooke, [1798.] 12mp. (146x88mm), 72p. engraved vignette title engraved by R Courbould and dated 1798, and engraved frontispiece by J Sanders after T Kirk, the frontis. and vignette title browned and the text lightly browned at the margins. Disbound. Frances Sheridan's final (and posthumously published) work which confirmed her talents as a writer of fiction; this account of virtue under stress has long been regarded as the finest Gothic oriental tale in English after Johnson's Rasselas. This edition is one of 'Cooke's pocket edition of select novels, or, novelist's entertaining library...' £35.00

18293 SHERIDAN, Mrs [Frances Chamberlaine]. MEMOIRS OF MISS SIDNEY BIDULPH. Extracted from her own journal. London: Printed for Harrison and Co., 1786. 8vo (in4s), (202x135mm), vi,(7-)402p. 10 engraved plates by Birrell, Heath or Walker after Edward Francisco Burney. slightly browned throughout. Disbound. Despite her father considering female literacy 'perfectly superfluous', Frances Chamberlaine was secretly taught to write by her clergyman brother. Following her marriage to Richard Brinsley Sheridan and move to London she met Samuel Richardson who read her unpublished romance and encouraged her to write another. The result was her finest work, the sentimental novel Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph. A study of the effect of extreme distress on apparently irreproachable virtue, the novel embodies a feminist critique of poetical justice so remorseless as to lead Samuel Johnson, one of many influential admirers, to exclaim, 'I know not, Madam, that you have a right, upon moral principles, to make your readers suffer so much.' (D.N.B.) £85.00

19076 SHERIDAN, Richard Brinsley. THE CRITIC; or, a tragedy rehearsed; a dramatic piece, in three acts. As performed at the Theatres-Royal, Drury-Lane and Covent-Garden. Printed under the authority of the managers, from the prompt book. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, [1823?] 12mo, (150x95mm), 42p. engraved frontispiece by Corbould, some dust-soiling and a faint stain on the final blank. Stab-sewn without covers, ?as issued, and preserved in a modern binders' cloth envelope chemise. Printed in Edinburgh by Oliver and Boyd; a rare copy of this play of which COPAC only locates the National Library of Scotland copy. £45.00

15972 SHERIDAN, Richard Brinsley. THE DRAMATIC WORKS. With a memoir of his life by G.G.S. [George Gabriel Sigmond]. London: Henry G. Bohn, 1848. 8vo, (190x117mm), viii,563p. +1p. publisher's adverts. Original cloth, ornately blind stamped, Front joint strained and first section loose. Publisher's 'compliments' rubber-stamp on the title. £15.00

18941 SHERIDAN, Richard Brinsley. A TRIP TO SCARBOROUGH, a comedy. As performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. Altered from Vanburgh's relapse; or, Virtue in danger. First Dublin Edition, Dublin: printed by R. Marchbank, 1781. 8vo, (174x105mm), iv,[2],42,49-72p (as is correct and including the prelimnary page number iv mis-printed vi), paper repairs to 4 leaves, title--page lightly browned and some slight staining to a number of leaves. Disbound. With David Garrick's Prologue. £50.00

18473 [SHERIDAN, Richard Binsley; John O'KEEFE, & Young D'URFEY.] A VOLUME OF PLAYS. Containing The school for scandal, The Duenna, The agreeable surprise, Love a-la-mode, and The poor soldier. As they are acted at the Theatre, Smoke-Alley, Dublin. [Dublin:] Printed for the booksellers. 1786. 12mo, (150x95mm), [2],72,[2];37.[1];32;25,[1];28p. 2 engraved plates, slightly soiled. Contemporary (?original) sheep, worn with some loss of leather from the rear cover, and the backstrip lacking. The general title and separate titles pages to each play all present; there are however, two engraved plates in the School of Scandal while Etsc calls only for a plate. £120.00

11617 SKURRY, Francis. BIDCOMBE HILL, WITH OTHER RURAL POEMS. London: printed for William Miller by W. Bulmer, 1808 8vo, (185x117mm), [10],153,[1]p. 4 engraved plates, browned thoughout and with a stain in the inner margin of several leaves and the plates. Contemporary dark red morocco, joints and corners rubbed. Isaac 'Checklist' in William Bulmer the fine printer in context, 510). £65.00

11663 SMEDLEY, Edward. THE DEATH OF SAUL AND JONATHAN. A poem. London: printed by W. Bulmer for John Murray, 1814. [preceded by] SCOTT, Walter. THE FIELD OF WATERLOO; a poem. Third edition, Edinburgh: printed by James Ballantyne of Archibald Constable; Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown; and John Murray, London, 1815. Together 2 volumes in 1. 8vo 205x130mm), [6],33; (2-)54p. wanting the half-title of the Scott item, some slight spotting. Contemporary half calf, marbled paper sides and endleaves, joints split but holding. (Isaac 502a) £75.00

11868 SMEDLEY, Edward. JEPHTHAH. A poem. Second edition, London: printed by W. Bulmer, for John Murray; and John Deighton and Sons, Cambridge, 1814. 8vo (210x133mm), [4],27,[1]p. Disbound. Signature of H.B. Haning, dated 1816, on the title. (Isaac 504). £40.00

15406 [SMITH, James & Horace.] REJECTED ADDRESSES: or the new theatrum poetarum. London: printed for John Miller, 1812. 12mo, (162x99mm), xvi,126p. +1p. publisher's adverts, lightly soiled. Modern binders' quarter cloth. Poetical parodies on contemporary poets, a previous owner has identified the poets parodied with inked attributions in the tail margin of a number of leaves. £65.00

18531 SMOLLETT, Tobias. THE ADVENTURES OF RODERICK RANDOM. London: James Cochrane, 1831. 8vo, (180x110mm), [2],x,496p. +2p publisher's adverts, and preceded by a 2p. notice of the Novelist's Library; frontispiece and 4 engraved plates by George Cruikshank. Original calico cloth, and as such an early example of publisher's cloth binding; the covers slightly soiled, black back-labels, rebacked preserving most of the original backstrip with some slight degradation of the labels, armorial bookplate. The second volume of 'The Novelist's Library,' edited with an introduction by Thomas Roscoe. 'The three volume novel, with its set price, dominated the market in new fiction, and hence much of publishing, for the some seventy years. Its high price often supported other kinds of publishing, but it was too much for casual buying by most individuals. After Robert Cadell launched the 'Author's edition' of the Waverley novels at five shillings a volume, public appetite was whetted for different price structures. In his pioneering series of Standard Novels, launched in February 1831, the publisher Richard Bentley offered a six-shilling series as means of republishing all kinds of recent novels at lower prices. Imitators followed, notably Colburn's Modern Novelists in 1835. Roscoe's Novelist's Library, launched in 1831, was deliberately of older titles, the publisher Cochrane & Co. "disclaim[ing] any intention of trespassing on the ground occupied by other publishers." ' (McKitterick, Cambridge history of the book in Britain vol. 6, Introduction.) £40.00

18981 SOMERVILE, William. THE CHACE. A POEM. Third edition, London: Printed for G. Hawkins, and sold by T. Cooper at the Globe in Pater-Noster-Row. 1735. 8vo, (199x118mm), [20],131,[1]p. Contemporary calf, edges rubbed, rebacked with red leather lettering piece. Armorial bookplate of John Ingilby of Ripley, Yorkshire, and a later bookplate. Somervile, of Edstone in Warwickshire, lived the life of a responsible country gentleman, devoting much of his time and energies to the pursuits of hunting and writing poetry. Samuel Johnson (Lives of the poets) writes slightly dismissively of Somervile stating that 'he writes very well for a gentleman…' The chace is described as 'his great work... which he undertook in his maturer age, when his ear was improved to the approbation of blank verse... to this poem praise cannot be totally denied.' Johnson may almost damn with faint praise Somerville's qualities as a poet but there can be no doubting his skills as a writer on those aspects of hunting that appealed to him. Peter Beckford wrote 'When I have any better authority than my own, such as Somerville, for instance (who bye the bye, is the only one that has written intelligibly on this subject…)' While DNB records that 'In four books of blank verse, he conveyed the excitement and dangers of the chase as well as its place in history.' Three editions of this work printed between May and August of 1735 point to the contemporary popularity it enjoyed. Like the preceding editions, this was printed by William Bowyer, in this case in an edition of 1,500 copies (Bowyer Ledgers 2184) , making the total print run to this date as being 2,250 copies. £50.00

9711 SOMERVILE, William. THE CHASE, A POEM: to which is added Hobbinol or the rural games. Birmingham: printed by Robert Martin, and sold by A. Donaldson at his shop, near Norfolk Street in the Strand, London, 1767. 8vo, (236x155mm), 199p. some occasional spotting and a paper fault (without textual loss) in E1, previous owner's initials (dated 1774) slightly shaved at the head of the title and three other later owner's signatures on the front free endleaves. Near contemporary sprinkled calf, front joint split at the head of the front cover and a small hole near the  tail of the rear, backstrip with raised bands and red leather lettering piece, edges rubbed, however, a distinctly better copy than it sounds. Bookplate (Gaskell Baskerville Add.3) Printed by Baskerville's onetime apprentice and later foreman. '… even though the books Robert Martin printed under his own name are, on the whole, badly printed (by Baskerville standards) at least one of them would not have disgraced the master, This is The Chase, A Poem… by William Somerville, published in 1767. The inking is not as good as the best of Baskerville's books, but the design could have been, and possibly was, done by Baskerville himself –  certainly no other book printed by Martin has anything of this quality.' (Pardoe John Baskerville, 1975, 99). £120.00

19586 SOMERVILE, William. THE CHASE. Reprinted from the original edition of 1735, with a memoir of the author [by R. Farquharson Sharp]. London: George Redway 1896. 4to, (215x175mm), xxiv,88p. frontispiece and 9 plates, together with 4 decorated initials by Hugh Thomson, some very occasional foxing. Original blue cloth, joints and edges slightly rubbed and a little discoloured, the front cover blocked in gilt to a design by Thomson; bookplate. Perhaps surprisingly an apparently rare edition as Copac locates only the British Library copy of this edition which is typical of the Georgian manner of Thomson's work, and seems heavily influenced by Randolph Caldecott. £25.00

16416 SOUTHWORTH, Emma D.E.N THE DESERTED WIFE. [Halifax printed] London: Milner and Company, [1880s]. 12mo, (130x78mm), 318p.+2,6,32p publisher's adverts. Engraved frontispiece and added vignette title. Original blue sand-grain cloth, backstrip lettered and blocked in gilt and black, the backstrip slightly faded. Printed in Halifax by Milner. The Deserted Wife, Emma Southworth's second novel first published in 1849-50, stands as one of her finest, offering raw emotion, finely detailed development of the main character (up until the point her editor demanded she finish the novel quickly), and an insightful depiction of the break-down of a marriage. While other nineteenth-century American women novelists sold great numbers of individual novels, few met with success to equal hers and throughout her forty-four year career, Southworth's novels consistently became best-sellers making her perhaps the best-selling American author, male or female, of her generation. Her stories entered into the American consciousness, becoming popular plays, shaping fashion trends, developing women's visions of themselves as well as shaping the image of  'Americanness' in the minds of international readers. £35.00

11495 SPENCER, William Robert. POEMS. London: printed for T. Cadell, and W. Davies, by T. Bensley, 1811. 8vo, (225x142mm), viii,240p. +16p. publisher's catalogue of `new works and new editions', engraved frontispiece after Stothard. Untrimmed in contemporary (?original) buff boards, printed back label, jonts worn, early owner's signature on the title and later bookplate. (Isaac Tentative checklist of Bensley printing p28.) Pages 1-35 contain Spencer's translation of Burgher's Leonora with the English and German texts printed on facing pages, the German text in black letter type. £65.00

16148 STERNE, Laurence. THE LIFE AN OPINIONS OF TRISTRAM SHANDY, GENTLEMAN. [Weybridge printed] London: printed for Walker and Edwards; [and 16 other named London booksellers], 1817. 12mo, (142x76mm), [4],604p. +2p publisher's adverts, engraved frontispiece and vignette title. Untrimmed in original printed boards, rather worn at the edges, lacking the backstrip. Printed in Weybridge by S. Hamilton. An early nineteenth century example of relatively cheap print, in this case set in a small typesize and bound in paper-covered boards, the rear cover carries a priced list of Walker's British Classics series which reflects that present after the conclusion of the text. The prices for books in the series range from one shilling for Falconer's Shipwreck to one guinea for Peter Pindar's Works in 4 volumes. £45.00

17035 [St. JOHN, Percy B. (Editor)?] DICKS' ENGLISH LIBRARY OF STANDARD WORKS. Containing four complete novels [as detailed below]. London: John Dicks, 1890. Folio, (284x213mm), [2],416p. printed in 3 columns, engraved frontispiece and many wood-engraved text illustrations, some occasional and slight marginal spotting. Original printed wrappers, worn. Volume 23 of Dick's English Library printed between March and June 1890 and containing Richardson, Clarissa, illustrated by Gilbert; Smith, The struggles and adverntures of Christopher Tadpole, illustrated by Leech; Cockton, Stanley Thorn, illustrated by Cruikshank, Leech, &c,; Thackeray, Vanity Fair and Sterne, Tristram Shandy, illustrated by Friston. This series of publications was one of John Dicks most successful ventures. The idea was to afford the mass reading public the opportunity to acquire a library of the best known works of fiction, at the very cheap cost of 1 shilling and sixpence a volume. Many of the titles he produced in this form would have remained entirely out of reach of the reading public if Dicks had not thought of the idea of publishing them in a weekly publication at a period of a rather depressed state of trade and low wages amongst those who were the principal supporters of such methods of publication. £32.00

19869 [SWIFT, Jonathan]. A TALE OF A TUB. Written for the universal improvement of mankind. To which is added, an account of the Battel between the antient and modern books in St. James Library. The eighth edition. With the author's apology. And explanatory notes, by W.W--tt--n, [Wiliam Wotton] and others. London: printed for Benj. Motte, 1733. 12mo, (160x95mm), [24],220p. 7 engraved plates, page 219 misnumbered 249; the frontispiece damaged with some loss from one corner. Disbound. (ESTC T73675) A Tale of a Tub was the first major work written by Jonathan Swift, composed between 1694 and 1697, that was eventually published in 1704. It is arguably his most difficult satire, and perhaps his most masterly. The Tale is a prose parody which is divided into sections of "digression" and a "tale" of three brothers, each representing one of the main branches of western Christianity. From the fifth edition of the book in 1710, Swift provided an apparatus to the work that incorporated Wotton's explanations and Swift's narrator's own notes as well. The notes appear to occasionally provide genuine information and just as often to mislead, and William Wotton's name, a defender of the Moderns, was appended to a number of notes. This allows Swift to make the commentary part of the satire itself, as well as to elevate his narrator to the level of self-critic. Robert Hendrickson notes in his book British Literary Anecdotes that "Swift was always partial to his strikingly original The Tale of a Tub (1704). On reading the work again in later years, he exclaimed 'Good God! What a genius I had when I wrote that book!' £125.00

17841 TANSILLO, Luigi (William Roscoe translator) THE NURSE, A POEM. Translated from the Italian of Luigi Tansillo. By William Roscoe. Second edition, Liverpool: printed by J. M'Creery, for Cadell and Davies, London, 1800. 8vo, (159x101mm), 90,[2],34p. wood-engraved vignette on the title & 4 wood-engravings in the text, lightly browned throughout. Contemporary marbled calf, front cover detached and a fragment of leather lacking from the head of the backstrip. £40.00

14310 TANSILLO, Luigi. THE NURSE. A poem translated from the Italian by William Roscoe. Liverpool: printed by J. M'Creery, for Cadell and Davies, London, 1804. 8vo, (157x100mm), 89,[3],34p. (perhaps wanting a half-title), title vignette and 3 wood-engravings in the text. An attractive copy in contemporary light tan morocco, ornamental gilt border, backstrip lettered and tooled in gilt and slightly discoloured, and a little rubbed at the edges, bookplate. (Hugo Bewick collector 197) The poem in set in parallel text on facing pages, with a delicate italic type for the Italian text and roman for the English. Translated and edited by William Roscoe who succeeds in combining in this volume both his love of Italian literature and his approval of breast-feeding. He retains many of the notes from Antonio Ranza's edition, to which he adds some of his own. Hugo notes that the engravings are frequently attributed to Thomas Bewick but believes that they should be correctly attributed to his apprentice Henry Hole who left Bewick's studio in 1801 and settled in Liverpool where he became a member of the Liverpool Academy.  £85.00

11698 [TAYLOR George Watson.] THE PROFLIGATE, a comedy. London: printed by W. Bulmer and W. Nicol, 1820. 4to, (260x189mm), [8],152,[2]p. Original Roxburghe Binding of quarter roan, gilt lettered on the backstrip, red paper covered sides, joints and side paper rubbed. Presentation inscription on the title from the author to Sir George Beaumont. (Isaac 538; Martin, Privately printed books p270). Martin states that 200 copies of this title were printed, a ms. note of the free endleaf of this copy - which has the wide margins associated with large paper copies - states `only 50 copies done for presentation.' £110.00

11699 [TAYLOR, George Watson]. THE PROFLIGATE, a comedy. London: printed by W. Bulmer and W. Nicol, 1820. 4to. (260x189mm), [8],152,[2]p. Original Roxburghe Binding of quarter roan, gilt lettered on the backstrip, red paper covered sides, joints and side paper rubbed. Presentation inscription on the title from the author to the Rev Philip Bliss, with an A.L.s. from Taylor to Bliss, tipped on to the half-title, confidentially enquiring if the work `would be tolerated amongst the literary treasures of the Bodleian Library.' (Isaac 538; Martin, Privately printed books p270). Martin states that 200 copies of this title were printed, A pencilled ms. note ?in Bulmer's  hand, on the front free endleaf states `50 copies printed for Mr. Watson Taylor under my Superintendance only for presents.'  £110.00

17147 TAYLOR, Jane & Anne. POEMS FOR CHILDREN. New York: printed and sold by S. Wood & Sons, 1815. 12mo, (125x69mm), 44p. 18 wood-engravings, somewhat browned throughout, Original printed wrappers with a wood-engraving on the front cover and 2 on the rear, slightly soiled and a little worn, preserved in a modern binders' cloth covered envelope chemise. A rare and anonymous edition - presumably an unauthorised reprint if not an out-and-out piracy - of a selection from the works of the Taylor Sisters of Ongar; twenty poems are included together with a final untitled poem on 'the distress which the inhabitants of Guinea experience at the loss of their children' into slavery. £125.00

18436 TENNYSON, Alfred HAROLD. A drama [First edition], London: Henry S King, 1877. 8vo, (165x110mm), [8]162p. Contemporary full red morocco, all edges gilt, joints and corner tips slightly rubbed. £12.00

13471 THOMSON, James. THE SEASONS, Hymns, ode, and songs, with his life, by Mr. Murdoch; and a complete glossary and index. London: printed by A. Wilson... for Vernor, Hook and Sharpe... and Taylor and Hessey, 1809 8vo, (157x100mm), 323p. frontispiece portrait, somewhat browned throughout. Contemporary marbled calf, lacking the backstrip A stereotype edition. £30.00

19907 THOMSON, James. THE SEASONS. London: Suttaby, Evance & Fox; and Crosby & Co., 1812. 12mo, (123x65mm), 168p. Engraved frontispiece and vignette title, both by I. Taylor and after H. Singleton. Contemporary calf, gilt roll border to the front and rear covers, a large piece of leather missing from the head of the backstrip. A rare edition of this long-running favourite; COPAC locating only two copies in the British Library and National Library of Scotland. £20.00

18615 THOMSON, James. TANCRED AND SIGISMUNDA; a tragedy, in five acts; as performed at the theatres royal, Covent Garden and Drury Lane. Printed under the authority of the managers from the prompt book. With remarks by Mrs Inchbald. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, [1806.] Cr.8vo, (155x94mm), 51p. Engraved frontispiece by Raimback after Howard. Disbound. £15.00

16029 [TOWNSEND, John or  Joseph RICHARDSON] JEKYLL: A POLITICAL ECLOGUE. London: printed for J. Debrett, 1787. 4to, (257x198mm), 19p. Untrimmed in modern binders' boards, spine faded. A pretty savage example of satirical political verse directed against the Welsh politician Joseph Jekyll and his patron the Marquis of Lansdowne. Authorities differ as to the identity of the anonymous author with Lord John Townsend being the most likely candidate. £105.00

19350 TWISLETON, H.L. POEMS. Wellington, N.Z.: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1895. Cr.8vo, (178x125mm), 46,[1]p. Original quarter cloth, printed boards decorated in the Artistic Printing movement style but a restrained manner (and repeated on the title), the cover paper slightly spotted and the title-page browned. One of the author's poems cut from a newspaper and loosely inserted. £35.00

14420 WHITE, Henry Kirk. THE REMAINS OF HENRY KIRKE WHITE, late of St. John's College, Cambridge, with a memoir of the author [by Robert Sothey?] Glasgow: printed for Richard Griffin & Co., 1825. 12mo, (142x87mm), [iii-]xxii,[2],(12-)420p. engraved frontispiece portait by C. Freeman, the the sub-title to the letters bound before the preface. Contemporary half calf, marbled paper sides, backstrip compartments tooled in gilt with red leather lettering piece. Letters, poetry, and literary criticism by the Nottingham-born writer. Several editions were published in 1825, including another edition by Griffin in Glasgow. However, we have only been unable to locate two copies of this particular edition (both in the same institution) which is printed by James Starke. Several copies are recorded of an of edition also for Griffin in 1825, but printed from stereotype plates by Andrew and John Duncan and with a different pagination. Starke seems an interesting character who printed an address to Queen Caroline in Glasgow in 1820 and 'was persecuted in so many ways for doing so, that he deemed it necessary to retire to Canada', where, we are happy to say, he made a comfortable independence.' £45.00

21155 WHITE, Lewis Borrett (Editor). ENGLISH SACRED POETRY OF THE OLDEN TIME. London: Religious Tract Society, 1864. Sm.4to, (224x160mm), xvi,191p. 32 steel-engraved illustrations engraved by Edward Whymper after George Du Maurier, Noel Humphreys, John Tenniel and others. Original purple sand-grain cloth, ornately blocked in gilt and blind to a design by John Leighton with the title in a roundel in the centre of the front and rear covers within an arabesque frame incorporating the names of four poets in roundels in the corners, the whole within an elaborately decorated border, all edges gilt; backstrip and edges faded. King (Victorian decorated trade bindings 441) cites this binding design in considerable detail and illustrates another variant copy in green cloth; however, a binding ticket of Westleys, present in both the copies noted by King, is not found in the copy we offer. £35.00

18458 [WOLCOT, John.] FAREWELL ODES FOR THE YEAR 1786. By Peter Pindar, Esquire. A distant relation of the Poet of Thebes, and laureat to the Royal Academy. Fifth edition, London: printed for G. Kearsley, 1788. 4to, (260x209mm), 47p +1p adverts. Title-page lightly browned at the fore-margin. Disbound. Seemingly rare in this state, we are unable to locate any separate editions of this work on Estc (surely some mistake!) The final page carries a list of the author's works described below the imprint: '... Al[sic] Peter Pindar's Productions. For a complete List see the last page.' £50.00

18457 [WOLCOT, John.] LYRIC ODES, FOR THE YEAR 1785. By Peter Pindar Esq. A distant relation of the poet of Thebes, and laureat to the Royal Academy. Seventh edition, London: printed for G. Kearsley, 1787. 4to, (265x214mm), [2],50p.title page lightly browned, wanting the half-title and final advertisement leaf. Modern marbled paper wrappers. £35.00

9397 WYATT, Thomas. THE POETICAL WORKS. Edited by Robert Bell. London: John W. Parker, 1854. 8vo, (170x104mm), [4],251p. Original plum diagonal bead-grain cloth, printed back-label (faded), backstrip faded and worn at the head. One of the monthly volumes of Bell's annotated edition of the English poets, printed by Savill & Edwards in Chandos-street, London. £8.00

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