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THE OXFORD BESTIARIUM [BESTIARY ]
Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ms. Ashmole 1511, Southern England, 12th Century
. Published in 1982. Complete colour facsimile edition of the 244 pp. (105 + 17 fol.) and of the inner end pages in original size 280 x 180 mm. The all leather binding is a faithful replica of a Romanic binding, presently in the possession of Austrian National Library in Vienna. All folios are cut according to the original. + volume containing the Transcription and translation of the text into German by F. Unterkircher, Vienna, Limited edition. with fantastic animal pictures on rich gold leaf. Bestiaries, illustrated books of animals, whose moralistic contents relate to selected biblical texts, were highly popular in the late 12th century. ther Oxford manuscript probably ranks among the finest examples of its kind. The magnificent codex, richly embellished with gold leaf, not only exceeds itself with its marvellous luminous opaque colour painting and clear depiction of animals, plants and human beings, but also in its predilection for serene symmetry, refined ornament and frequent use of carefully executed diaper-patterned backgrounds. The pictures are irregularly dispersed throughout the text. According to our modern conception, the animals often depict a surreal view of nature: a crocodile with a serpent's head and bird's feet, a horned panther with rather arbitrary colouring are but a few examples of an astonishing iconography which, far from naturalistic sketches, was based on the free interpretation of literary models. The book contains an overwhelming wealth of animal depictions: for example: A magnificent many-finned whale catches fish, while misguided sailors, thinking it to be an island, try to land on its back. All in all 130 miniatures within only 105 pages illustrate several chapters on nature and the qualities of animals; birds, snakes, worms, fish, trees, flintstones, as well as the nature of mankind. Of special interest is the illustration of Genesis in the beginning of the book, which is set amongst exceptionally enlarged and boldly narrative painted scenes. Former owners a.o. : William Wright, vicar of High Wycombe; William Mann; Sir Peter Mancroft; John Tradescant; Elias Ashmole; Oxford University.
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Catalogue: Medieval
Keywords: Codex Facsimile Medieval Oxford Ketterer

 
DAHL, ROALD, RICHARD ADAMS, BRIAN ALDISS, ELIZABETH JENNINGS AND OTHERS
The Oxford Bibliophile Alnanac: . Original Correspondence and Contributions
. The original contributions and correspondence between the publisher Holdan Books and the contributors 1980/1981 for THE OXFORD BIBLIOPHILE ALNANAC: Included were stories by Oxford authors on a variety of subjects, articles on the theme of Oxford, and some poetry. All of these illustrated by Oxford artists. The book never appeared since practically none of the artists, who had promised to help, produced art work CONTRIBUTIONS : Richard Adams ( 1920 - 2016 ) A Sonnet Brian Aldiss ( 1925 - 2017 ) Back from Java - a short story Gillian Avery ( 1926 -2016 ) The Researcher's Craft: Designs and Implements. (from Research Concerning Nineteenth Century Children and Books (Monographs No. 17 ) Giles Barber ( 1930 - 2012 ) Oxford, Ossonio, Oxfort - Modern Languages printing at Oxford to 1800 ( promised but never submitted, instead he sent An introduction to the Housemaid ) Sir Basil Blackwell ( 1889 - 1984) May Morris - a lecture Roald Dahl (1916 - 1990 ) The Cow - a poem Eileen Davies ( 1926 - 2011 ) Oxford's Voluble Inglorious Milton: -George Smith Green, Watchmaker & Author J.P. Feather Books Without Walls: Development of the Oxfordshire Book Trade Dame Helen Gardner ( 1908 - 1986 ) Memories of Oxford Bookshops Elizabeth Jennings ( 1926 - 2001 ) A Weather Spell - a poem B.E. Juel-Jensen An Oxonian's view of Ethiopia, Travellers and Books David Low Sir Isaac Newton's Library and Chinnor Rectory Jan Morris ( 1926 -- ) In a Name Hugh Williamson An Oxford Family and its Firm:-Henry Alden, Publisher & Bookseller The full description of this collection is still ongoing, but please do ask for advance details.
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ACKERMANN, R.,
All Souls Taken from the Top of the Radcliffe Library. Hand-Coloured Aquatint.
. R. Reeve after A. Pugin. Pub. Jan.1st 1814 at 101 Strand for R. Ackermann's History of Oxford. i.e. Ackermann's A history of the University of Oxford, its colleges, halls, and public buildings. London, R. Ackermann, 1814. c. 200 x 285 mm. measured without the margins. in black and gilt decorated frame. Behind glass. From the walls of Thornton's bookshop when still in Broad street. Some very slight spotting in the margins.
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ACKERMANN, R.,
St. Peter's Church. Hand-Coloured Aquatint.
. R. Reeve after A. Pugin. Pub. July 1st 1814 at 101 Strand for R. Ackermann's History of Oxford. i.e. Ackermann's A history of the University of Oxford, its colleges, halls, and public buildings. London, R. Ackermann, 1814. c. 200 x 260 mm. measured without the margins. in black and gilt decorated frame. Behind glass. From the walls of Thornton's bookshop when still in Broad street. Some very slight spotting in the margins.
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LAWLOR, JOHN & AUDEN W.H. (COLLECTED BY)
To Nevill Coghill from Friends
. Faber & Faber,1966, First edition 3-156pp. : front. (port.) plate, orange cloth in d/j jacket frayed at edges, cloth spine sl. worn at the bottom, armorial bookplate insuide front board, pwencil annot on 1st e.p. some small remnants of cellotape on 1st e.p. with the publisher's compliments slip , obituary Nevill Coghill in the Tmes dated 10.11.1980 + facsimilés of Coghill's letter to David Luke of 30 Oct '61 and of his risqué poem "nous n'irons plus" [ see Oxford, Bodleian Library shelfmark MS. 15021 ] + draft version of 'Thanks before going, for Wystan', Coghill's contribution to Auden's Festschrift, For W.H. Auden, published 21 Feb 1972, photocopy of typescript same shelf mark.
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Keywords: Oxford Gay

 
ADDINGTON, HENRY,
Some Account of the Abbey Church
0. 1860. of St. Peter and St. Paul at Dorchester Oxfordshire. Re-Issue. with Additional Notes, and a short Account of the Restoration of the North Aisle by the Rev. W.C.Macfarlane .. Oxford and London, Parker, 1860; xvi, 176, 4 pp. with frontispiece and numerous wood-engraved plates and illiustrations; publisher's red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, boards ruled in blind, t.e.g.; moderately worn, short splits in front hinge, inner hinges split.
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Book number: IS00421
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Keywords: Ianweb Oxfordshire Topography Ecclesiastical History Local History Dorchester on Thame Medieval Architectural History Architecture Illustrated Books Wood-Engraving

 
ANON.
Plan of Edgeware Woods.
0. [in 1649]. Colour facsimile published c. 1910 [?] to accompany or be bound in to a publication of the Oxford Historical Society. Plan, or rather map, approx. 26 x 21 cm., printed with a key beside it and a wide blank margin on a sheet, including margins, approx. 35.5 x 63 cm. Light creases to top left-hand corner of map and to margins. Apparently published as a folding plate for a work or essay related to All Souls College, Oxford. The plan is also entitled "The Description of the Mannor of Edgeware in the Countye of Middlesex as the sam doth lye betweene the high waye that leadeth from St Albones to London called Watling Streete on the Southe West and the Mannor of Hendon in parte and the Mannor of Boyes lande in parte on the Easte and abutteth on the lands of Mr Paggington in parte ..drawne and made in the moneth of Aprill in the year of our Lorde MDLXXXXIX (1649). It shows the wood , which borders Watling Street on its West and extends South to Hendon, parcelled and let to various tenants. The parcels are shown with green borders made up of tiny trees, and a list of 22 freeholders or copyholders is printed beside it. The price quoted is for not one but for four copies.
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Book number: IIS002338
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Keywords: Ianweb English Topography Geography Cartography English History Edgeware Hendon Middlesex Local History Topography All Souls College Oxford

 
AUDEN, W.H.,
Good and Evil in the Lord of the Rings.
. Oxford, 1993, 16pp. including the stiff front cover, issued originally as free insert for the 1992 catalogue Tolkien and Friends number 4, issued on the occasion of the centenary celebrations at Keble college, Oxford. there were 26 copies marked A - Z for friends of the publisher, never made available in the trade. Printed on single sides, A-4 with front cover in 3 colours (initials W and A) on conqueror paper, This edition has a colophon which did not appear in the regular edition. Actual year of publication was 1992. this copy in loose sheets is stamped below the colophon: Uncorrected proof copy followed by the title. [ Tolkien inklings Oxford ].
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BAYLEY, JOHN
Iris. A Memoir of Iris Murdoch.
. Duckworth, 1998, 189pp. hardback in d/j in pristine condition. Signed: With best wishes from John Bayley & Iris in ink across the title page. And with a handwritten postcard from Iris Murdoch , 13 lines. Signed , sent in 1965 . (ISBN: 0715629328) .
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Keywords: Bibliophile Signed Weblists Signaturebook Signed Books Oxford Memoirs Iris Murdoch 0715629328

 
BLACKWELL, BASIL, - TOLKIEN
Fifty New Poems for Children
0. An Anthology selected from Books recently published by Basil Blackwell. Oxford, n.d; .64pp.; publisher's boards with pictorial title mounted,printed paper label on spine; spine slightly bumped and worn at head, label on spine a little chipped, rear board partially faded, neat contemporary ownership entries on front endpapers. A good copy of the first edition of this anthology, though by definition not the first printing of any of the poems. The poets includeEleanor Farjeon, Robert Graves, Edith Sitwell, and J.R.R.Tolkien ("Goblin Feet").
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Keywords: Ianweb Children's Books Children's Poetry J.R. R. Tolkien Robert Graves Eleanor Farjeon Oxford English Literature English Poetry

 
BUNYAN, JOHN,
The Poems
0. 1980. Edited by Graham Midgley [The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan Volume VI]. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1980; lxii, 345 pp. with vignette illustrations in one section;; publisher's blue buckram, spine gilt, dust-wrapper; a very good copy. A fine scholarly edition, which includes "Profitable Meditations", "One Thing is Needful", "Ebal and Gerizzim", Poems from "The Pilgrim's Progress" and from "The Holy War", "A Discourse of the Building .. of the House of God" and further poems, including "A Book for Boys and Girls" (1686) with illustrations of the woodcuts in a 1724 edition.
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Keywords: Ianweb Seventeenth Century English Literature 17th Century Literature Theology Religion Protestantisk Children's Books

 
CANTIMORI, DELIO,
Italienische Haeretiker
0. 1949. der Spaetrenaissance. Deutsch von Werner Kaegi. Basel, 1949; xiv, 509 pp. with frontispiece; publisher's cloth; spine slightly faded, corners of boards and of a few pages minimally bumped. The first edition in German, prepared in 1942 but not published until after the war. An fine association copy, bearing in the top margin of the title page a warm signed inscription in Italian by the the author to the late Professor Edgar Wind (1900 - 1971), Oxford Professor of the History of Art, celebrating the renewal of their old friendship: " a Edgar Wind con antica e felicemente rinnovata amicizia il suo D. Cantimori. Roma 1950".
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Keywords: Ianweb Association Copies Signed Books German Italian History Religion Renaissance Reformation Theology

 
CLARK, WILLIAM LESLIE
Wine-Dark Seas
. Oxford, Mouette press, 1977, 56pp. printed wrappers [ poetry] One of a limited edition of 226 copies, this is number 2.
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CLERK, THOMAS,
The Works of William Hogarth
0. 1821. (Including "The Analysis of Beauty"), elucidated by Descriptions Critical, Moral, and Historical .. to which is prefixed Some Account of his Life. Two volumes, London, R.Scholey, 1821; vi, [vi], 203, [iv], 96pp. + " The Analysis of Beauty" with unnumbered pages, with title-page vignettes and 86 plates; nineteenth-century half deep blue morocco over blue marbled boards, blue marbled endpapers, rebacked with matching buckram; slight rubbing to extremities of the boards and one or two small chips, marginal loss to Plate IX, but a well-bound set, professionally repaired, the contents clean. One of several handbooks to the engraved versions of Hogarth's paintings which appeared after his lifetime. Plates 54 and 55 have not been bound in, and the letterpress for "Before and After" implies they may have been deliberately omitted; there is no plate 84, but this is probably not called for, as the letterpress at this point directs the reader to the title-page vignette for the illustration; the numeration of the plates is eccentric, with plates one would expect in the first volume bound [correctly] in the second, but the plates are otherwise complete. The pages of "The Analysis of Beauty" are unnumbered, but page numbers are given in the margins of the text. apparently referring to the pagination of the first edition.This is a very interesting association copy. The front paste-down of each volume bears a decorative bookplate by Provost Blondel (Paris) of a flowery wreath with interwined initials we have not deciphered and the motto "Jamais Cesder". Inscriptions on the bookplates show that the book once belonged to the English author W.Somerset Maugham, and that he gave it as a present to the American writer Glenway Wescott. Wescott, a friend of Katherine Anne Porter and Thornton Wilder as well as of Maugham, was a widely read and admired novelist in the first half of the twentieth century, and lived in Paris for much of his life. He presented this set to the art historian Edgar Wind, who had fled Germany and had posts in the United States in the 1940s (he later became the first Professor of the History of Art at Oxford.) The inscriptions, all written in ink in the margins of the ex-libris, read: "Edgar Wind ex dono Glenway Wescott ex dono W.Somerset Maugham" and "with G.W.'s affection to E.W. - and thanks for his analyses of the spring of 1942 -".
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Keywords: Ianweb Association Copies Ex-Libris Signatures Hogarth Art History Eighteenth Century Satire Antiquarian Rare 18th Century Illustrated Books Bookplates Glenway Wescott Edgar Wind W. Somerset Maugham American Literature

 
CORNETS DE GROOT, R.A. [ RUDOLF ADRIAAN ]
Een Wijze Van Lev/Zen . Een Verhalend Essay Van Een Tijdgenoot Van Poot, Feith En Gagarin
. Oxford, Mouette Press, 1969, 35 pages : illustrated with a wood engraving by Hanns H. Heidenheim, and drawings by Faber Heeresma . [ brother of Heere ] Printed by L. Bourdeaux-Capelle in Dinant, Belgium. Set in times roman. This is one of the 12 copies numbered I - XII with the wood engraving printed on Japanese Ouda paper by the artist and signed in pencil. The board papers and endpapers are made of Japanese cream Natsume paper. Bound in half calf leather. : R. A Cornets de Groot ( 1929-1991 ) Dutch literary critic, born in Bandung, in the former Dutch East Indies. He said of himself that he wrote like a teacher teaches. The total edition consisted of 333 copies.
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CORNETS DE GROOT, R.A. [ RUDOLF ADRIAAN ]
Een Wijze Van Lev/Zen . Een Verhalend Essay Van Een Tijdgenoot Van Poot, Feith En Gagarin
. Oxford, Mouette Press, 1969, 35 pages : illustrated with a wood engraving by Hanns H. Heidenheim, and drawings by Faber Heeresma . [ brother of Heere ] Printed by L. Bourdeaux-Capelle in Dinant, Belgium. Set in times roman. This is one of the 295 copies on Burgundia paper with black illustrated covers:
¶ R. A Cornets de Groot ( 1929-1991 ) Dutch literary critic, born in Bandung, in the former Dutch East Indies. He said of himself that he wrote like a teacher teaches. The total edition consisted of 333 copies.
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COULSON, ROBERT
One Day in the Life of a Dickensian Bookseller: Un Petit Roman-à-Clef
. Grasmere Publications (2001), 14pp. coloured wrappers, The author worked at Thornton's Bookshop in Oxford. 978-0952273189. (ISBN: 0952273187) .
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DIGBY, ANNE,
The Evolution of British General Pracrice.
0. 1999. 1850 - 1948. Oxford University Press, 1999; xiv, 376pp. with illustrations and diagrams; publisher's boards, dust-wrapper. A mint copy of the first edition.
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Book number: IS002305
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Keywords: Ianweb English History British History General Practice Medical History Medicine 19th Century Victorian Modern History

 
DOUGLAS, LORD ALFRED (ED.)
The Spirit Lamp: An Oxford Magazine without News.
. No. III, Friday, May 20, 1892 AND No. IV, Friday, May 27, 1892, containing the pages 29 -60, Oxford , James Thorton, 1892, CONTENTS No. III: : The Gates Of Gaza II, p.29; Nicotean Ethics, p.32.; Short Stories-Both Sides Of The Wall I, p.32; Elysium, p.35; Causeries Du Vendredi II, p.36.; Baccaresa Stopper, p. 38; Saionara, p. 39; A Demi-Semi-Quaver On The Unique, p.40 ; Of Sculls an Numskulls, p.43 . No. IV: The Gates Of Gaza III, p.45; Morte D'Amour, p. 48; Short Stories-Both Sides Of The Wall II, p.49; Peri Froibshi-Nil Nisi Bonum, p.53; Causeries Du Vendredi III, p.54; Tekishi Ezetagis, p.57; Lady D'Escarvilles Letters To Her Son, p.58. edges of the covers frayed, covers partly detached. Texts browned, fragile. Uncut copies . James Thornton was the brother of the founder of Thornton's bookshop (est. 1835) and uncle of John Henry Thornton the 2nd generation bookseller in Broad street, Oxford. Extremely rare.
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Book number: F2875
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FRISHMAN, MARCEL,
Drawings
. Oxford, Bruno Cassirer, 1957, twenty-five tipped-in black and white plates. folio, number 62 of a limited edition of 500 copies. In a wonderful contemporary full red crushed full morocco binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe and described as a special copy on the last page In a matching slip case, also quarter bound (spine and edges) in red morocco . All edges gilt. the spine of teh slip case very slightly sunned. Marcel Frishman was born in 1900 in Lodz and died in 1952. He studied at the Berlin Academy in the early 1920s under Hans Meid and in 1926 joined the staff of the political and satirical weekly 'Simplicissimus' as a cartoonist. When the magazine was taken over by the Nazis in 1933, he was compelled to leave Germany, working in Copenhagen and then, in 1937, Australia where he remained for 13 years, working in factories. In 1950 he returned to Europe with deteriorating health to continue his work.
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Book number: F3003
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GALLICO, PAUL
A Miracle in Wilderness. A Story for Christmas.
. Illustrated by Jane & Anne Grahame-Johnstone. Oxford, Mouette Press, 1975. Printed by the Whittington Press, in a limited edition of 250 numbered copies signed by Paul Gallico. This is one of the 50 copies which were numbered M1 - M50. Printed on an 1848 Columbian press, on mould made paper from St Cuthbert's Mill. embossed cloth binding in protective white plain d/j. gilt top edge. Fine copy.( private press ). (ISBN: 0904845001) .
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Book number: F3162-4
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Keywords: Bibliophile Private Press Weblists2 Wim Meeuws Sch1 Gallico English Literature Bibliophile Private Press Limited Editions Christmas Noel Kerstmis Weihnachten Natale Natali 0904845001

 
GARCIA LORCA, ISABEL
Handwritten Letter in Ink
. Dated and signed 4-7-1968, one A-5 sized sheet. with handwritten envelope addressed to an address in Oxford. Together with the copy of a letter from her correspondent in Oxford dated 28-3-1968 in which she is being asked for permission to print her brother's poem ESTE ES EL PROLOGO O LA CREACION DE LAS ROSAS. in a limited ediiton. Also a copy of this correspondent's earlier letter to Isabel and the publisher Aguilar 's letter of 25-1-1968 giving details of Isabel's address. Isabel Garcia Lorca, (1909 - 2002 ) spent much of her life guarding the legacy of her late brother Federico, one of Spain's greatest 20th century literary figures. She created and directed the government-approved foundation that preserves her brother's name and the family home, as well as an extensive archive of his manuscripts, letters, photographs and drawings.
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Book number: F3024
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Keywords: Spain Spanish Literature Rare

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