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  • Griffin, Dustin
    Literary Patronage in England, 1650-1800

    Edition: First edition

    Cambridge University Press, 1996. Dark blue boards. pp x, 317. Bibliography. Index. Ink owner inscription at front, else fne in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52137
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  • LOUIS BECKE SET (30 volumes in all, 19 being first editions) by BECKE, Louis
    BECKE, Louis
    LOUIS BECKE SET (30 volumes in all, 19 being first editions)

    George Lewis ("Louis") Becke (1855-1913), was born in Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia. A trader and adventurer in the South Pacific, he began his career as a journalist and writer in 1893, eventually publishing 35 books (six in collaboration with Walter James Jeffery), and enjoying literary fame in the 1890s. James A. Michener and A. Grove Day considered him to be the best writer about the South Pacific. Uniformly bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in half emerald morocco and marbled boards, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers, bound-in ribbon markers, spines with raised bands, gilt decorations (ship, anchor, shell, fish), date at foot. Two blank leaves at front and at rear of each volume, all with half-titles except where noted. Spines evenly…

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    George Lewis ("Louis") Becke (1855-1913), was born in Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia. A trader and adventurer in the South Pacific, he began his career as a journalist and writer in 1893, eventually publishing 35 books (six in collaboration with Walter James Jeffery), and enjoying literary fame in the 1890s. James A. Michener and A. Grove Day considered him to be the best writer about the South Pacific. Uniformly bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in half emerald morocco and marbled boards, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers, bound-in ribbon markers, spines with raised bands, gilt decorations (ship, anchor, shell, fish), date at foot. Two blank leaves at front and at rear of each volume, all with half-titles except where noted. Spines evenly sunned to brown; slight darkening to margins of sides and leather corners; some small scuff spots to the leather inner margin of the sides of a few volumes (touched up); else fine, no chipping to the spines, no owner names, hinges and joints not cracked. All volumes octavo but various sizes. Contains: *A FIRST FLEET FAMILY By Louis Becke and Walter Jeffery. London: Unwin, 1896. First edition. xvi, 271 pp. Folding map at front. * ADMIRAL PHILIP. The Founding of New South Wales. By Louis Becke and Walter Jeffery. London: Unwin, 1899. First edition. (v)-xx, 336 pp + frontispiece portrait with tissue guard + 2 maps. THE ADVENTURES OF LOUIS BLAKE. London: T. Werner Laurie, 1913. Later printing. [4], 307, [1, ad] pp. THE ADVENTURES OF A SUPERCARGO. London: Unwin, (1925). Second impression (re-set). 285 pp. BREACHLEY, BLACK SHEEP. London: Unwin, 1902. Third impression. vi, 300 pp. Text paper tanned. BY REEF AND PALM and THE EBBING OF THE TIDE. London: Unwin, (1924). "Seventh impression", first of the Uniform Edition, which combined his first two books (1894 and 1895 respectively). (3)-396 pp. * BY ROCK AND POOL ON AN AUSTRAL SHORE and Other Stories. London: Unwin, 1901. First edition. (vi), 250 pp. * THE CALL OF THE SOUTH. London: John Milne, 1908. First edition. vi, 320 pp. * CHINKIE'S FLAT and Other Stories. London: Unwin, 1904. First edition. [8], 336 pp. * EDWARD BARRY (South Sea Pearler). London: Unwin, 1900. First edition. viii, (247) pp. Text paper tanned. HELEN ADAIR. London: Unwin, (1924). Third impression (re-set). 288 pp. * HIS NATIVE WIFE. London: Unwin, no date [1896]. First edition. (5)-(203) pp + frontispiece with tissue guard. Frontispiece illustration is by L. Leslie Brooke. Art nouveau decorations, a volume in the Century Library. Narrow octavo. * THE MUTINEER. A Romance of Pitcairn Island. By Louis Becke and Walter Jeffery. London: Unwin, 1898, First edition. viii, 298, [14, ads] pp. * 'NEATH AUSTRAL SKIES. London: John Milne, 1909. First edition. [vi, (7)-(316) pp. * NOTES FROM MY SOUTH SEA LOG. With Portrait and a Map. London: T. Werner Laurie, 1905. First edition. vi, 352 pp + folding map at rear and frontispiece portrait with tissue guard. PACIFIC TALES. London: Unwin, (1924). Sixth printing. [8], (324) pp. * THE PEARL DIVERS OF RONCADOR REEF and Other Stories. London: James Clarke, 1908. First edition. 285 pp * RÍDAN THE DEVIL and Other Stories. London: Unwin, 1899. First edition. (viii), 330 pp. * RODMAN THE BOATSTEERER and Other Stories. London: Unwin, 1898. First edition. (viii), (332), [12, ads] pp. * THE SETTLERS OF KAROSSA CREEK and Other Stories of Australian Bush Life. With Coloured and Other Illustrations. London: The Religious Tract Society, no date [1907]. First edition. (240) pp + colour frontispiece with tissue guard, title page printed in red & black, and two b&w plates. * SKETCHES FROM NORMANDY. Frontispiece by W. Dacres Adams. London: T. Werner Laurie, 1907 [1906]. First edition. [6], 250 pp + frontispiece with tissue guard. THE STRANGE ADVENTURE OF SHERVINTON and Other Stories. London: Unwin, (1926). Second impression (re-set). 317 pp. * THE TAPU OF BANDERAH. By Louis Becke and Walter Jeffry. London: C. Arthur Pearson, 1901. First edition. (viii), (316) pp. * TESSA THE TRADER'S WIFE. London: Unwin, 1901. First edition. [4], (232) pp. * TOM GERRARD. London: Unwin, 1905. First edition. [8], (293) pp. TOM WALLIS. A Tale of the South Seas. Sixth Impression. London: The Religious Tract Society, no date. (320) pp + colour frontispiece with tissue guard. No half-title (as issued?) UNDER TROPIC SKIES. London: Unwin, (1926). Second impression (re-set). 320 pp. WILD LIFE IN SOUTHERN SEAS. London: Unwin, 1897. "Second Edition". (iii)-viii, (370) pp. YORKE THE ADVENTURER and Other Stories. London: Unwin, (1925). Second impression (re-set). (vi), 7-254 pp. * [BECKE] FISHER, (Lala, editor). BY CREEK AND GULLY. Stories and Sketches Mostly of Bush Life. Told in Prose and Rhyme. By Australian Writers in England. London: Unwin, 1899. viii, 302, [2, ads] pp + frontispiece portrait of Fisher with tissue guard. Contains on pp 283-97 "The Last Cruise of John Maudsley Recruiter", a story by Louis Becke. Also contributions by E.W. Hornung, Hume Nisbet, Douglas Sladen, Mrs. Campbell Praed, Frank Richardson, and others. Note: titles with an asterisk are first editions. Note: heavy parcel, extra shipping will be required

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 22937
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  • DICKENS, Charles
    MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK [with THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP] [with BARNABY RUDGE]. With Illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne

    Edition: First book edition

    London: Chapman and Hall, 1840, 1841,1841. Tall narrow octavo. Variant, three volumes bound as two, recently rebound in quarter maroon cloth and marbled boards, spines with two black labels each gilt lettered, marbled page edges. Vol I: [2, blank], frontispiece, title, Dedication, Preface, (1)-306; frontispiece, title, 1-228, [4, blank]; Vol II: [2, blank], frontispiece, (v)-vi (Preface to Barnaby Rudge), (229)-426, [4, blank]. Numerous illustrations in text. With the Dedication leaf but without a title leaf to Barnaby Rudge. 1918 ink ownership inscription to front binder's blank of Vol. I; small shallow chips to fore edge of pp (v-vi) of Vol. II; soft corner creases late in Vol. II; else fine, clean, tight, unworn, not foxed, gift quality. Note: 2.5 kg parcel, please enquire for shipping rate.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 27838
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  • TENNYSON, Alfred
    MAUD, and Other Poems

    Edition: First printing

    London: Edward Moxon, 1855. Original dark green fine ribbed cloth decorated in blind, spine ruled in blind with short title in gilt, pale cream endpapers. pp [8], 154. Moderate wear to tips of lightly sunned spine; armorial bookplate on front pastedown; two ink owner inscriptions on front free endpaper (06 Aug. 1855, and 1900); inner hinges cracked but still firm in the binding; a VG clean and attractive copy. This copy is a variant with no publisher's ads at front nor a list of Tennyson titles at rear. Contains on pages 151-154 the famous "The Charge of the Light Brigade", the first book publication of one of Tennyson's best-known poems. Wise 58.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 26688
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  • NINETY-THREE. Translated by M. Jules Gray by HUGO, Victor
    HUGO, Victor
    NINETY-THREE. Translated by M. Jules Gray

    Edinburgh: John Grant, 1903. Thick octavo, bound in half red morocco and marbled boards, boldly marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, spine with nice floral decoration. Two volumes in one format. 6 plates with captioned tissue guards. Boards have some rubbing, only minor rubbing to the spine, cracked rear inner hinge neatly repaired, light foxing to title pages, else a VG copy, no owner names, tight in the binding. An odd volume from a set - The Novels Complete and Unabridged of Victor Hugo. The novel is complete in this volume in a handsome binding. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 37258
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  • BOILEAU-DESPRÉAUX, Nicolas, 1636-1711
    OEUVRES COMPLÈTE. Précédées de la vie de l'auteur...par M. Édouard Fournier. Nouvelle édition illustrée par M. Émile Bayard, de magnifiques dessins coloriési et suivie du Bolaena, de M. de Losme de Monchesnay

    Paris: Laplace, Sanchez, 1882. Quarto, (28 cm), crimson morocco, spine with five raised bands, gilt decorated compartments, marbled boards, top page edges gilt, marbled endpapers. pp lx. 479 pp + 20 colored plates by Bayard, with tissue guards. Cracked inner hinges neatly repaired, spine lightly rubbed with a few darkened spots; bit of wear to outer corners, shelf wear to edges of boards; some foxing to text and tissue guards but not to plates, as usual, else a VG copy. One of a series of nicely illustrated editions of French classics issued by this publisher in the later nineteenth century. Note: 2.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 46643
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  • Original poems and translations, by John Dryden, Esq; now first collected and publish’d together, in two volumes by Dryden, John, 1631-1700
    Dryden, John, 1631-1700
    Original poems and translations, by John Dryden, Esq; now first collected and publish’d together, in two volumes

    Edition: First edition

    London: Tonson, 1743. Two volumes. pp (12), 336; (12), 336. In modern full dark brown sheep, spines with raised bands and red and black morocco labels, new endpapers and fly leaves. Collective titlepage in vol.1 in red and black. Each volume has a separate title page. Margins of title page in Vol. II quite browed, light browning to margins of following and terminal leaf. Lighter marginal browning early and late in Vol. I. Text has occasional foxing, else clean and unworn. In all, fine externally, internally VG. ESTC T144894. McDonald G2.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 49683
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  • RAJAN, Balachandra, editor (John Milton) (Northrop Frye)
    PARADISE LOST: a tercentenary tribute

    Edition: First edition.

    University of Toronto Press / University of Western Ontario, 1969. Octavo, beige cloth. pp (xii), (142), [2]. Fine in a near fine jacket. Papers given at a conference at the University of Western Ontario. Pages 18-47 contain "The Revelation to Eve", a paper by Northrop Frye.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 40338
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  • THORN-DRURY, G, editor
    PARNASSUS BICEPS, or several; choice pieces of poetry 1656

    London: Frederick Etchells & Hugh Macdonald, 1927. Red cloth spine and brown boards, page edges rough trimmed. pp 194. Spine lightly sunned, page edges yellowed, ink gift inscription at front; else fine. Reprint of the edition of 1656, adding a Prefatory Note. #141 of an edition of 304 copies (+ 66 deluxe copies). "This miscellany is full of pieces of literary and historical interest . it contains some of the most astonishing 'conceits' to be found anywhere in English verse." - Preface.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 49688
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  • DIXON, William Hepworth (Francis Bacon)
    PERSONAL HISTORY OF LORD BACON. From Unpublished Papers.

    Edition: First American edition

    Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1861. Published same year as UK edition. Octavo, [2], (xx), 424, [2] pp. Original brown bead grain cloth decorated in blind, spine gilt lettered, brown endpapers. Nicks to spine tips; front free endpaper has a faint ink inscription and very small chip to fore edge; text has some foxing and occasional small soil spots; bit of foxing and darkening to page edges; blind stamp to upper corner of title leaf of a Canada West (pre-Confederation Ontario) owner; in all still a VG tight copy. A biography of Lord Bacon which prints a number of his and his wife's letters and defends his reputation against attack. Short author note at front for the American edition.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 13463
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  • COLLOP, John
    POESIS REDIVIVA: or, POESIE REVIVED 1656

    Great Britain: Scolar Press, 1972. Facsimile reprint. Greenish boards. Spine sunned to reddish, else a VG clean, tight and unworn jacketless copy, no owner names.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 34231
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  • BESANT, Walter (François Rabelais)
    READINGS IN RABELAIS

    Edition: First edition

    Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1883. Light green bevel-edge cloth stamped in gilt, brown endpapers. xii, 382 pp + 6, 24 pp ads. Covers lightly rubbed, with gilt a little dulled; inner hinges cracked but firm; armorial bookplate to front pastedown (John William Pease); else a VG copy. Based on Urquhart's translation, but Besant retranslated whole passages. A selection from the works of François Rabelais, an attempt to make him better known to English readers.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 14749
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  • THACKERAY, (William Makepeace) [W.A. Titmarsh].
    REBECCA AND ROWENA. A Romance Upon Romance. By Mr. M.A. Titmarsh [pseud.] With Illustrations by Richard Doyle.

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Chapman and Hall, 1850. Squarish octavo, old rebinding of purple cloth, title in gilt to spine, new endpapers, sprinkled page edges. viii, 102, [1, ads], [1, blank] pp. Frontispiece and 7 other coloured plates inserted, line drawings to title page, end of prefa ce, and to page 1. Half-title present. Binding sunned to tan at spine and margins of covers, as almost always with this colour; some spotting to covers; else VG, unworn externally. Fine and tight internally. Originally issued in pink glazed boards, it was written as a continuation of Scott's IVANHOE. Van Duzer 181.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 15819
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  • FAIRCHILD, Hoxie Neale
    RELIGIOUS TRENDS IN ENGLISH POETRY. Volumes I, II and III.

    Edition: First Edition

    New York: Columbia University Press. Octavos: Vol I (1939) xiii, 612 pp; Vol II (1942) ix, 406 pp; Vol III (1949) ix, 549 pp. Vols. I and II are in maroon cloth, Vol. III in red cloth. Some spine sunning; covers of first two volumes are just a little bowed; otherwise a good, unworn jacketless set, no previous owner names, no marks in text, tight in the bindings. Prof. Fairchild's study was eventually extended to 6 volumes by 1971, going up to the year 1968. These first three volumes cover the years 1700-1830. Note: 3.5 kg parcel, extra postage will be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 15376
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  • Dennis, John, 1657-1734
    Remarks on a book entituled, Prince Arthur, an heroick poem. : With some general critical observations, and several new remarks upon Virgil. By Mr. Dennis

    Edition: First edition.

    London: S. Heyrick and R. Sare, 1696. Octavo. pp (2), (xlviii), (2, ads), 1-132, 145-228 (complete - error in pagination), binder's blanks front and rear. Quarter bound in 20th century tan morocco and tan cloth, cloth inner hinges, spine gilt lettered, yellow endpapers. Library discard, so rubber stamped on verso of first (blank) leaf, library blind stamp to three leaves of text; gilt call number on spine; remains of label inside front cover; no other library marks. Bound in at front is a folding leaf with an original mounted manuscipt list of expenses, and bound in at rear is a comtemporary mounted engraving of the British arms. Light damp stain to top margin of the long Preface, very light…

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    London: S. Heyrick and R. Sare, 1696. Octavo. pp (2), (xlviii), (2, ads), 1-132, 145-228 (complete - error in pagination), binder's blanks front and rear. Quarter bound in 20th century tan morocco and tan cloth, cloth inner hinges, spine gilt lettered, yellow endpapers. Library discard, so rubber stamped on verso of first (blank) leaf, library blind stamp to three leaves of text; gilt call number on spine; remains of label inside front cover; no other library marks. Bound in at front is a folding leaf with an original mounted manuscipt list of expenses, and bound in at rear is a comtemporary mounted engraving of the British arms. Light damp stain to top margin of the long Preface, very light damp stain to upper fore corners of pp 165 to end; otherwise a VG copy, binding in fine condition, text tight and unworn. A critical work on Sir Richard Blackmore's heroic poem "Prince Arthur", by this English critic, poet, and playwright. ESTC R35663 . Wing D1040. Sir Richard's poem told of King Arthur fighting the Saxons and taking London, but it was really to honour William III. Dennis called the poem "servile". Rare.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 33341
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  • GREENE, Robert
    Robert Greene's PLANETOMACHIA and the text of the third tragedy: A bibliographical explanation and a new edition of the text. Edited with an introductioin and notes by D F Bratchell

    England: Avebury, 1979. Octavo, red boards. pp (x), 81. Ink name and date on front free endpaper, else fine in jacket. First published in 1585. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 34457
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  • HENDERSON, T.F.
    SCOTTISH VERNACULAR LITERATURE. A Succinct History. Third Revised Edition.

    Edinburgh: John Grant, 1910. Third edition, revised, with new author preface (first was in 1898). Green buckram. (xvi), 462, (2) pp. Top edge gilt. Light age darkening and small tan spots to spine; endpapers tanned; nearly fine otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 5564
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  • PRINGLE, John Alexander
    SELECT REMAINS OF JOHN ALEXANDER PRINGLE, Esq. Printed for Private Circulation.

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Printed by Harrison and Co, 1841. Square octavo, hardcover, original black cloth, front cover lettered and decorated in gilt, cream coated endpapers. iv, (5)-94, [2, blank] pp, all edges gilt. Frontispiece and four other steel-egraved illustrations inserted (three are of India), one small illustration in text. Text printed on various coloured papers (tan, yellow, green, blue, pink). Inscribed (likely by author) on front free endpaper "To J.G. Elliott with kind regards. Octr. 1858". Mild cloth bubbling to front cover; partial hairline crack to front inner hinge neatly repaired; corner creases to one leaf; mild foxing to the plates; still a fine, bright and tight copy of a fragile and unusual book. Selected and arranged by Sir Andrew Halliday,…

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    London: Printed by Harrison and Co, 1841. Square octavo, hardcover, original black cloth, front cover lettered and decorated in gilt, cream coated endpapers. iv, (5)-94, [2, blank] pp, all edges gilt. Frontispiece and four other steel-egraved illustrations inserted (three are of India), one small illustration in text. Text printed on various coloured papers (tan, yellow, green, blue, pink). Inscribed (likely by author) on front free endpaper "To J.G. Elliott with kind regards. Octr. 1858". Mild cloth bubbling to front cover; partial hairline crack to front inner hinge neatly repaired; corner creases to one leaf; mild foxing to the plates; still a fine, bright and tight copy of a fragile and unusual book. Selected and arranged by Sir Andrew Halliday, with an introduction by Pringle's sisters. Pringle, a Scot, was in the Bengal civil service and many of the poems concern India. Quite a nice copy of a scarce book of verse, much of it religious.

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    Book ID: 19320
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  • HAZLITT, W. Carew, editor, introduction, and notes
    SHAKESPEARE JEST-BOOKS...

    London: Willis & Sotheran, 1864. Title page continues: "Comprising Merie Tales of the Mad Men of Gotham. Mery Jests of the Wydow Edith. Pasquils Jests with Mother Bunches Merriments.The Pleasant Conceits of Old Dobson. Certayne Concepts and Feasts. Taylors Wit and Mirth. Conceits Clinches, Flashes and Whimsies." pp (iii)- (x), 108; 84; 52; 19; 8; 86; 75, [1]; 15, Notes. Publisher's binding of quarter sheep and maroon boards, black endpapers. Spine very lightly scuffed, with small chips at head; boards rubbed at edges; VG clean and unworn copy otherwise. Volume III in a series. Reprints rare joke books which Shakespeare supposedly drew upon,

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 49734
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  • SHAKESPEARE'S PREDECESSORS IN THE ENGLISH DRAMA by SYMONDS, John Addington
    SYMONDS, John Addington
    SHAKESPEARE'S PREDECESSORS IN THE ENGLISH DRAMA

    Edition: First printing

    London: Smith, Elder, 1884. pp (xx), 668. Bound in half crimson morocco and red cloth, pale pink endpapers, top edges gilt, others rough trimmed, spine with raised bands and gilt lettering. A fine copy. 2 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 49733
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