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  • TOLSTOY, Leo
    A GREAT INIQUITY. Translated by V. Tchertkoff and I.F. Mayo with Note by the Latter.

    Edition: First UK edition

    London: Free Age Press, no date [1906]. 12mo, light green wrappers printed in brown. (ii), 39 pp + (3) pp ads, ads inside and out on rear cover, + 1903 frontispiece portrait. Spine has small chips to tips, short splits neatly repaired; small damp stains and overall dust soiling to covers; VG o/w. First UK edition of this famous letter on land ownership in Russia, preceded by the 1905 Chicago edition. Tolstoy dates the letter July, 1905. Contains at rear a 3 page note by the co-translator Isabella Fyvie Mayo, an essay on the situation of land ownership, especially in Britain, and it urges that "The first duty of the British workers is to refrain from entering the Army…

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    London: Free Age Press, no date [1906]. 12mo, light green wrappers printed in brown. (ii), 39 pp + (3) pp ads, ads inside and out on rear cover, + 1903 frontispiece portrait. Spine has small chips to tips, short splits neatly repaired; small damp stains and overall dust soiling to covers; VG o/w. First UK edition of this famous letter on land ownership in Russia, preceded by the 1905 Chicago edition. Tolstoy dates the letter July, 1905. Contains at rear a 3 page note by the co-translator Isabella Fyvie Mayo, an essay on the situation of land ownership, especially in Britain, and it urges that "The first duty of the British workers is to refrain from entering the Army or Navy, these being the tools whereby their landowning class defend their own possessions at home, and exploit and seize on the land of others abroad". A scarce little booklet.

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    Book ID: 5887
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  • LEE, Sidney, Sir
    A LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARS. With portraits and facsimiles. Fourth edition of the revised version (rewritten and enlarged)

    New York: Macmillan, 1929. Maroon cloth. pp xlviii, 776 + plates; index. Light wear to head of bit sunned spine (gilt lettering oxidized); glue remains from removed label inside front cover; page edges yellowed; else a VG clean and unworn copy, no owner names. 1.4 kg parcel; Octavo.

    Book ID: 52523
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  • A LITERARY HISTORY OF PERSIA. Volume I: from the earliest times until Firdawsi. Volume II: from Firdawsí to Sa-di. Volume III: the Tartar Dominion (1265-1502). Volume IV: modern times (1500-1924) (4 volume set) by BROWNE, Edward G.
    BROWNE, Edward G.
    A LITERARY HISTORY OF PERSIA. Volume I: from the earliest times until Firdawsi. Volume II: from Firdawsí to Sa-di. Volume III: the Tartar Dominion (1265-1502). Volume IV: modern times (1500-1924) (4 volume set)

    Edition: Later Printings

    Cambridge: 1962-1987, 1977. Four volumes. Red cloth. pp xiv, 521; (xvi), 568; (xvi), 586 + plates; xvi, 530 + plates. Indexed. Books are in fine condition, no owner marks. Cream jackets have small tears but VG generally. Volume III is in maroon cloth and lacks its jacket. 3.6 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.; Octavo

    Book ID: 55012
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  • NICHOLSON, Reynold A.
    A LITERARY HISTORY OF THE ARABS

    Cambridge University Press, 1985. Octavo; (xxx), 506 pages

    Condition: Very Good

    Book ID: 54672
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  • CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, (Miguel de).
    A VOYAGE TO PARNASSUS; Numantia, A Tragedy; The Commerce of Algiers. By Cervantew. Translated from the Spanish by Gordon W#illoughby James Gyll

    Edition: First of this translation

    London: Alex. Murray & Son, 1870. Octavo, original purple cloth decorated in blind, spine gilt lettered. pp (viii), 288. Nicks, mild wear at head of lightly sunned spine; 1873 ink private owner name at front; foxing to page edges and text early and late; cracked inner hinges neatly repaired; else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy of this uncommon edition, a volume in Murray's Reprint series.

    Book ID: 31733
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  • Dryden, John (published anonymously)
    Absalom and Architopel: a poem

    Edition: First Dublin edition

    London: Printed and sold by H. Hills, in Black-Fryars, near the Water-Side. For the benefit of the poor, 1708. Disbound. 19.3 cm. 24pp. Recent marbled paper wrappers, front wrapper with paper label. Text has untrimmed edges, somewhat ragged: title leaf creased, with a chip out of lower margin. Two instances of small early marginalia. VG. ESTC N30278; Foxon D450. Untrimmed copy of this anti-whig, biblically themed piece directed primarily against the Earl of Shaftesbury and the Duke of Monmouth. This edition of one of Dryden's greatest satires, first published in 1681, provides at the end of the preface a convenient key to the cast of characters. Absalom and Achitophel is "generally acknowledged as finest political satire in the English language" (Michael Stapleton, in The Cambridge Guide to English Literature). Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.; Octavo

    Book ID: 49686
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  • KENNEDY, Philip F.
    ABU NAWAS: genius of poetry

    Oxford: Oneworld, 2007. Ink owner name at rear.; Makers of the Muslim World; Octavo; xii, (146) pages

    Condition: Very Good

    Book ID: 54789
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  • KEENE, Donald, editor
    ANTHOLOGY OF JAPANESE LITERATURE from the earliest era to the mid-nineteenth century. Volume I: Earliest era to mid-nineteenth century. Volume II: from 1868 to the present day. (two volumes in one)

    New York: Grove Press, 1955. Black and blue cloth. Page edges yellowed; sunning to spine and lower edge of covers, ink owner name at front. Jacket spine has a vertical crease, slight rubbing, shallow chips across head; short tears and rubbing to flap folds. 1.23 kg parcel.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 440 pages

    Condition: Very Good in Good dust jacket

    Book ID: 54256
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  • NADAFF, Sandra
    ARABESQUE: narrative structure and the aesthetics of repetition in the 1001 Nights

    Edition: First printing

    Evanson, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 1991. Blue cloth without jacket, as issued. pp x, 155. Index. Fine copy. ; Octavo

    Book ID: 54398
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  • ARABIAN NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENTS: Consisting of One Thousand and One Stories, Told by the Sultaness of the Indies, to divert the Sultan from the Execution of a bloody Vow...

    Edinburgh: Printed for Alexander Donaldson, 1780. Three volume set, 12mo (in sixes), contemporary full calf, morocco labels, raised bands. pp xii, 404; (iv), 391; (iv), 402. No illustrations, as issued. Spines a bit rubbed with surface cracking; volume I lacks the spine label; shallow chip to head of Volume I and foot of Volume II; endpapers browned at margins from leather turn-ins; remains of old bookplates on pastedowns; light toning to text paper; light damp stain to lower outer corners of pp 279 to end of Volume I; in all still a VG decent set, tight in the bindings, text clean and unworn. The title page continues "Containing A better Account of the Customs, Manners, and Religion of the…

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    Edinburgh: Printed for Alexander Donaldson, 1780. Three volume set, 12mo (in sixes), contemporary full calf, morocco labels, raised bands. pp xii, 404; (iv), 391; (iv), 402. No illustrations, as issued. Spines a bit rubbed with surface cracking; volume I lacks the spine label; shallow chip to head of Volume I and foot of Volume II; endpapers browned at margins from leather turn-ins; remains of old bookplates on pastedowns; light toning to text paper; light damp stain to lower outer corners of pp 279 to end of Volume I; in all still a VG decent set, tight in the bindings, text clean and unworn. The title page continues "Containing A better Account of the Customs, Manners, and Religion of the Eastern Nations, viz. Tartars, Persians, and Indians, than is to be met with in any Author hitherto published. Translated into French from the Arabian MSS. by M. Galland of the Royal Academy; and now done into English from the last Paris Edition. The Thirteenth Edition." >>> The 13th edition of the first translation into English of the Arabian Nights Entertainments, taken from the first translation into French by Abbé Antoine Galland (12 vols., 1704-17). This anonymous English translation, made between 1706-17, held the field until Edward Lane's important, though expurgated, edition of 1840, with Sir Richard Burton's famous unexpurgated translation appearing 1885-88 in 16 volumes. >>>> Of extra interest is an unsigned holograph poem in a contemporary hand in ink covering the verso of the first blank leaf in Volume I (opposite the half-title page) titled "Sonnet. To the Author of the Arabian Nights Ent.:" and beginning "Blest child of genius, whose fantastic Sprite / Rides on the vollied Lightnings' Flash, or roves / Thro flowery Valleys, and Elysian Groves..." Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.

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    Book ID: 22873
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  • JACK, George, editor
    BEOWUF: a student edition

    Oxford University Press, 1994. Octavo; 244 pages

    Condition: Very Good+

    Book ID: 54500
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  • MITCHELL, Bruce and Fred C. Robinson, editors
    BEOWULF: an edition with relevant shorter texts. Revised. Including 'Archaeology and Beowulf' by Leslie Webster

    Edition: Revised; Eighth Printing

    London: Blackwell, 2007. Corner crease to one leaf, else fine. ; B&W Photographs; Octavo; (xiv), 318 pages

    Book ID: 54518
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  • VONDEL, Joost Van Den, 1587-1679
    BESPIEGELINGEN van Godt en Gotsdienst...Den Tweeden Drück...[bound with four other works]

    Rotterdam: Barent Bos, 1700. Small quarto, leaf height 20 cm, bound in contemporary calf, spine with five raised bands, gilt lettering and decoration, spine titled "Vondel's Bespiegelin". Small chips at foot of spine; front joint rubbed, with a one inch crack at top; inner hinges cracked but covers still firmly attached; foxing to endpapers; yellowing and light foxing to the first work; otherwise a fine copy internally. Five works bound together: (1) BESPIEGELINGEN van Godt en Gotsdienst...Den Tweeden Drück. pp (xxiv), 219. Second edition (first was in 1662). Frontispiece illustration, title page vignette, portrait of the author. (2) JOANNES DE BOETGEZANT. Begrepen in Zes Boecken. Uitgegeven door Abraham Bogaert. Amsterdam: By de Weduwe van Gysbert de Groot, 1696. pp…

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    Rotterdam: Barent Bos, 1700. Small quarto, leaf height 20 cm, bound in contemporary calf, spine with five raised bands, gilt lettering and decoration, spine titled "Vondel's Bespiegelin". Small chips at foot of spine; front joint rubbed, with a one inch crack at top; inner hinges cracked but covers still firmly attached; foxing to endpapers; yellowing and light foxing to the first work; otherwise a fine copy internally. Five works bound together: (1) BESPIEGELINGEN van Godt en Gotsdienst...Den Tweeden Drück. pp (xxiv), 219. Second edition (first was in 1662). Frontispiece illustration, title page vignette, portrait of the author. (2) JOANNES DE BOETGEZANT. Begrepen in Zes Boecken. Uitgegeven door Abraham Bogaert. Amsterdam: By de Weduwe van Gysbert de Groot, 1696. pp (124) . Title page vignette. (first edition was in 1662). (3) ALTAER-GEHEIMENISSEN. Ontvouwen in drie Boecken door J.V.V. Keulen: In de Nieuwe Druckerye, 1645. (ii, frontispiece illustration), 168 pp. Title page vignette and nice tail piece. First edition (The British Library notes "The imprint is false; probably printed by Dominicus van der Stichel and published by Abraham de Wees, Amsterdam." ). (4) DE HEERLYCKHEIT DER KERCKE. Haer Ingang, Opgang, en Voortgang, Begrepen in Dry Boecken. Kolen: Ter Oude Druckerye, 1663. First edition. (103) pp. (The British Library notes; "The imprint is false; probably published by the widow of Abraham de Wees, Amsterdam." ) (5) BRIEVEN DER HEILIGE MAEGHDEN MARTELARESSEN. Vicit Iter Durum Pietas. Amsterdam: Jacobus van der Deister, 1687. pp (viii), 76. (first ed. was in 1642). >>> A collection of didactic verse, stories, etc., by this Mennonite who became a Roman Catholic about 1640, which religion then became the chief inspiration of his life and his poetry. "[Coornert] was the mentor of Hooft, next to Cats the edlest of the phalanx of poets of Holland's great age (1600-70). The others are Bredero, Revius, Huygens and greates of all, Vondel...The age produced a wealth of songs, whether religious, amorous, or coarsely comical, notable for verve and spontaneity (Bredero) or playful grace (Hooft, Vondel) or passionate sincerity (Bredero, Luyken). It found its eulogist, conscience and unsparing critic in Vondel, whose occasional poems constitute an eloquent multifarious commentary on Dutch and European histroy from 1612 to 1672...Vondel's choruses and some of his odes and laments achieve the sublime..." - Cassell's Encyclopaedia of Literature, ed. by S.H. Steinberg, 1953, p. 170. "The greatest of Dutch poets and one of the greatest religious poets of the Counter Reformation." - Hastings, Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics. "He is the greatest poet the Netherlands have produced, one who is distinguished in every form and who occupies a place among the best poets of all time" (New Catholic Encyclopedia).

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    Book ID: 24415
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  • AUBREY, John (Anthony Powell)
    BRIEF LIVES and other selected writings. Edited with an introduction and notes by Anthony Powell

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Cresset, 1949. Black cloth gilt. Ink owner name at front; a VG unworn jacketless copy. ; Octavo

    Book ID: 51160
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  • BROWNING, Eliazabeth Barrett
    CASA GUIDI WINDOWS: A Poem

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Chapman & Hall, 1851. Original vertically ribbed blue-grey cloth decorated in blind, modern rebacking in grey cloth with leather spine label, original cream endpapers. pp (viii), 140, no publisher's ads at rear, half-title leaf present. Outer corners professionally repaired at tips, mostly erased pencil notations on front endpapers; in all a VG or bit better clean and tight copy, text paper lightly toned but unsullied. Colbeck Collection I, p. 95. Wise 14. The poem was written in support of Italian independence.; Small octavo

    Book ID: 28976
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  • CLIEVELANDI VINDICIAE, or Clieveland's genuine poems, orations, epistles, &c. Purged from the many false & spurious ones which had usurped his name, and from innumerable errours and corruptions in the true copies... by CLEVELAND, John, 1613-58
    CLEVELAND, John, 1613-58
    CLIEVELANDI VINDICIAE, or Clieveland's genuine poems, orations, epistles, &c. Purged from the many false & spurious ones which had usurped his name, and from innumerable errours and corruptions in the true copies...

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Obadiah Blagrave, 1677. Title page continues: "To which are added many additions never printed before; with an account of the author's life. Published according to the author's own copies." pp (22), 239 + frontispiece portrait in FACSIMILE on thick paper. Without the 18 pp of ads at rear. Modern rebinding of half calf and marbled paper boards, spine with morocco label and raised bands, new endpapers and two blanks at rear. Title leaf lightly darkened, short margin tear repaired on verso; text paper lightly toned, with scattered small spots; VG otherwise, externally fine. "There were apparently three issues of this 1677 edition, all from one setting of type, which differ only in the title page...'The epistle dedicatory' is…

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    London: Obadiah Blagrave, 1677. Title page continues: "To which are added many additions never printed before; with an account of the author's life. Published according to the author's own copies." pp (22), 239 + frontispiece portrait in FACSIMILE on thick paper. Without the 18 pp of ads at rear. Modern rebinding of half calf and marbled paper boards, spine with morocco label and raised bands, new endpapers and two blanks at rear. Title leaf lightly darkened, short margin tear repaired on verso; text paper lightly toned, with scattered small spots; VG otherwise, externally fine. "There were apparently three issues of this 1677 edition, all from one setting of type, which differ only in the title page...'The epistle dedicatory' is signed on A5 verso 'J.L. S.D.' The editors have been identified as John Lake and Samuel Drake.This issue has the intials on A5 verso corrected to 'J.L.S.D.' " - COPAC. Cleveland, a Royalist poet, was hugely popular in his day, but by 1700 he was a forgotten man. Wing (2nd ed., 1994), C4670. ESTC R1370. ; Smalll octavo

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    Book ID: 49672
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  • CIZEVSKIJ, Dmitrij
    COMPARATIVE HISTORY OF SLAVIC LITERATURES. Translated by Richard Noel Porter and Martin P. Price. Edited, with a Foreword, by George A. Zenkovsky.

    Edition: First American Edition

    Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt University Press, 1971. Octavo, pale green printed cloth without dust jacket, as issued. (xii), 225, [3] pp. Bookplate and small ink date to front pastedown, else a fine copy, no marks in text.

    Book ID: 14987
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  • COMUS, a masque. presented at Ludlow Castle 1634....with notes and critical and explanatory by various commentators, and with preliminary illustrations...by Henry John Todd... by MILTON, John
    MILTON, John
    COMUS, a masque. presented at Ludlow Castle 1634....with notes and critical and explanatory by various commentators, and with preliminary illustrations...by Henry John Todd...

    Canturbury: W. Bristow, for Rivingtons, W. Clarke, Fletcher & Co., and J. Deighton, 1798. pp xxi,[3],62,[2];199. With the half-title leaf. Contemporary calf, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, sprinkled page edges. Cracked front joint neatly repaired, now sound; Browing from binding to margins of endpapers and binder's fly leaf front and rear; VG otherwise, text clean, tight, fine. Armorial bookplate at front of Sir Abraham Hume, Bart. with ink name at top of Lady Amelia Hume. Both Sir Abraham and Amelia Egerton Hume were keen cultivators of roses. Their friend Joshua Reyolds painted her portrait. The first major variorum edition, containing the first bibliography of the work (pp 193-99). A scarce book.

    Book ID: 49741
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  • BOSSUET, (Jacques Bénigne) [1627-1704].
    CONFERENCE AVEC M. CLAUDE MINISTRE DU CHARENTON SUR LA MATIERE DE L'EGLISE.

    Edition: First Edition

    Paris: Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy, 1682. 12mo, page height 14.7 cm. [44], (506), [2, blank] pp. Publisher's device to title page, one small copper engraved headpiece. Contempory calf, spine with five raised bands, gilt decorated compartments, sprinkled page edges. Ex Harvard Library, with release stamp and label to front pastedown; rubber stamp of another owner to title page; Harvard rubber stamp, ink date, and release stamp to verso of title leaf; Harvard label to rear pastedown. Spine chipped to tips, with joints rub bed, cracked, but covers still firmly attached; bit of wear to outer corners; worm holes to lower outer corner of front pastedown and to lower outer corner of text through page 36 - loss of "Y" in "ROY"…

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    Paris: Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy, 1682. 12mo, page height 14.7 cm. [44], (506), [2, blank] pp. Publisher's device to title page, one small copper engraved headpiece. Contempory calf, spine with five raised bands, gilt decorated compartments, sprinkled page edges. Ex Harvard Library, with release stamp and label to front pastedown; rubber stamp of another owner to title page; Harvard rubber stamp, ink date, and release stamp to verso of title leaf; Harvard label to rear pastedown. Spine chipped to tips, with joints rub bed, cracked, but covers still firmly attached; bit of wear to outer corners; worm holes to lower outer corner of front pastedown and to lower outer corner of text through page 36 - loss of "Y" in "ROY" in title page imprint but no other lettering a ffected, the holes being to blank corners; text has yellowing, and scattered foxing and soiling but nothing severe and generally VG. The second part of the book (pp 231 to end) is "Reflexions sur un ecrit de M. Claude".

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    Book ID: 13146
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  • RACINE, Jean
    CONFESSIONS: unpublished sonnets, translated from the French into English Verse by Walter Roberts

    London: A.W. Mowbray, 1956. Blue cloth. pp (xiv), 72, [2] + frontispiece portrait. Ink owner name at front, offset yellowing to endpapers, else a near fine jacketless copy. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.; Octavo.

    Book ID: 52126
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