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 BAYNTUN-RIVIÈRE; [ALKEN, HENRY, ILLUSTRATOR]; SURTEES, R.S., Analysis of the Hunting Field, the
Analysis of the Hunting Field, the
London: Edward Arnold & Co. 1923. The Hunt Ends Here For A Fine Inlaid Binding [BAYNTUN-RIVIÈRE, Binders]. ALKEN, Henry (illustrator). SURTEES, R.S. The Analysis of the Hunting Field; Being a Series of Sketches of the Principal Characters That Compose One. The Whole Forming a Slight Souvenir of the Season, 1845-6. A New Edition With the Original Illustrations by H. Alken. London: Edward Arnold & Co. 1923. A new edition. Tall octavo (9 1/2 x 6 in; 243 x 154 mm). xi, [1], 244 pp. Six full-color plates, including frontispiece and extra-illustrated title page, forty-three black and white text woodcuts. Bound c. 1965 by [Chris Lewis for] Bayntun-Rivière in full crushed crimson levant morocco with pictorially inlaid central panel framed by gilt fillets, long ovals, and corner-pieces. Raised bands with gilt ornament, gilt-ruled compartments with gilt ornaments. Gilt rolled edges. Gilt-ruled turn-ins, Cockerel end-papers. All edges gilt. A new edition, a reprint of the 1846 first edition, here exceptionally bound by Chris Lewis, c. 1965, for Bayntun-Rivière, in an inlaid pictorial binding depicting a hunting scene with dogs, riders and their steeds in shades of green, brown, tan, red and ivory morocco with foliate blindstamping and black outlines and highlights. The great finisher Christopher Lewis began his career at the internationally renowned Bayntun-Rivière Bindery of Bath, England, during the early 1960s as a finisher. In the 1970s, he established his own bindery and further developed his masterful inlay and gilt work, integrating innovative highlights with paint into his pictorial inlays. He returned to Bayntun during the 1990s. Cf. Siltzer p. 73 (1846). .
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Book number: 01994
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Keywords: [ALKEN, Henry, illustrator] SURTEES, R.S. English History Hunting Nineteenth-Century Literature Sports

Jorrocks's Jaunts and Jollities
London: George Routledge, 1893. Jorrocks's Jaunts and Jollities Illustrated by Henry Alken In a Beautiful Inlaid Binding By Chris Lewis [BAYNTUN-RIVIÈRE, binders]. [SURTEES, Robert Smith]. ALKEN, Henry, illustrator. Jorrocks's Jaunts and Jollities. The Hunting, Shooting, Racing, Driving, Sailing, Eccentric and Extravagant Exploits of that Renowned Sporting Citizen Mr. John Jorrocks. With Sixteen Illustrations by Henry Alken. Printed in Colours. New Edition. London: George Routledge, [1893]. Tall octavo (8 3/4 x 5 3/4 in; 221 x 145 mm). viii, 272 pp. Sixteen full color plates including frontispiece and engraved title (with tissue guard between). Bound by Bayntun-Rivière, c. 1985 in full crimson morocco and finished by Chris Lewis with a quadruple gilt frame with a gilt horse shoe in each corner surrounding a large rectangular pictorial onlay of multi-colored morocco depicting a country scene with five foxhounds being followed by two huntsmen on horseback. The back cover with the same quadruple gilt border. Spine with five raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt. Gilt board edges, gilt tooled turn-ins with gilt corner decorations. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. A very fine copy. Chris Lewis was one of Bayntun-Rivière's most talented 'finishers'. He designed and finished many unique inlaid bindings during his time at Bayntun-Rivière in the 1960s and then again prior to his death in the late 1990s. .
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Book number: 01962
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Keywords: ALKEN, Henry SURTEES, Robert Smith Hunting Sports Dogs

 HOMER; BARNES, JOSHUA, TRANSLATOR, Homeri Ilias & Odyssea, Et in Easdem Scholia, Sive Interpretatio, Veterum
Homeri Ilias & Odyssea, Et in Easdem Scholia, Sive Interpretatio, Veterum
Cambridge: Cornelium Crownfield, 1711. A Fine First edition of Joshua Barnes's Homer in Greek and Latin In Contemporary Full Olive Green Morocco [HOMER]. Homeri Ilias & Odyssea, Et in easdem Scholia, sive Interpretatio, Veterum. Item Notae perpetuae, in Textum & Scholia, Variae Lectiones, &c. cum Versione Latina emendatissima. Accedunt Batrachomyomachia, Hymni & Epigrammata, unà cum Fragmentis, & Gemini Indices. Totum Opus cum Plurimis MSS. Vetustissimis, & Optimis Editionibus Collatum, Auctum, Emendatum, & Prifcae Integritati Restitutum. Opera, Studio, & Impensis, Josuae Barnes. Cantabrigiae [Cambridge]: Apud Cornelium Crownfield, 1711. Two quarto volumes (9 3/16 x 7 3/8 inches; 234 x 187 mm.). [xvi], CXXVI, [2], 432, 431-937, [938-1042, index]; [viii], 272, 275-643, [1, blank], [1], [1, blank], 110, [1], [89, index] pp. Text in Latin and Greek. Folding engraved frontispiece in volume I. General title-page in Greek and Latin, half-title for the Ilias and title-page in volume II for the Odyssea. Full contemporary olive green morocco, sides triple-ruled in gilt, spines with five raised bands elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt in compartments. Double-ruled gilt board edges and decorative gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. With the bookplate of Homer scholar and author Roberto Salinas Price on front paste-downs. An absolutely superb copy in its original binding. This edition contains considerable prefatory material, including three traditional Lives of Homer, the Contest of Homer and Hesiod, and the first book of the Homeric Questions of Porphyry. Regarding this edition, Edward Harwood commented that "this Edition will ever maintain its distinction, not merely for its magnificence and the erudition of the Editor, but from the complete Greek Scholia that are here subjoined to the text" (Harwood, p. 2). Joshua Barnes (1654-1712), was an English scholar. Born in London, the son of Edward Barnes, a merchant taylor, he was educated at Christ's Hospital and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, he was chosen in 1695 as Regius Professor of Greek, a language which he wrote and spoke with facility. Barnes "rarely emended his texts, but commented often of their poetic metre and regularly reported the readings of the few English manuscripts he consulted" (ODNB). One of his earliest works was Gerania (1675), a Utopian prose romance about a journey to visit the "blameless pygmies" mentioned in the Iliad. A whimsical sketch to which Swift's Voyage to Lilliput may owe something. Among his other works is a History of that Most Victorious Monarch Edward III (1688), an epic work of over 900 pages, in which he introduces long, elaborate speeches into the narrative. He also produced editions of Euripides (1694), Homer (1711), and Anacreon (1705), of which the last contains titles of Greek verses of his own, which he was hoping to publish. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in November, 1710. Barnes died on 3 August 1712 at Hemingford, near St Ives, Huntingdonshire where his widow erected a monument to him. Harwood, A View of the Various Editions of the Greek and Roman Classics, London, 1775. .
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Keywords: BARNES, Joshua, translator Books in Greek Books in Latin Classical Literature

First of the Bourbons 1589-1595 [&] 1595-1610
London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1890. A Fine Jansenist-Style Binding by Bayntun of Bath with Two Fine Portrait Miniatures [COSWAY-STYLE BINDING]. BAYNTUN, binder. JACKSON, Lady Catherine Charlotte. First of the Bourbons 1589-1595 [&] 1595-1610. London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1890. First edition. Two octavo volumes (7 11/16 x 5 3/16 inches; 196 x 132 mm.). xiv, 382; xvi, 423, 1, blank] pp. Title-pages printed in red and black. Colored frontispiece and four plates in each volume. Extra illustrated by the insertion of fifty-four portraits and views including twelve fine hand-colored plates, mainly by P. Pauquet. A handsome 'Jansenist' binding ca. 1925 by Bayntun of Bath (stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in). Full red crushed levant morocco over beveled boards. Single gilt rule border, spines with five raised bands ruled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt dotted board edges, gilt ruled turn-ins with gilt corner fleurons, green moire silk free endleaves, all edges gilt. Front doublures in dark green morocco with gilt borders and corner fleurons, rear doublures in green moire silk. The front doublures set with fine Cosway-style oval miniature portraits of Henry IV (vol 1) and Marie de' Medici (vol 2) under glass, within a decorative gilt frame. Some expert and almost invisible repairs to joints of both volumes. A near fine and unique set. Lady Catherine Hannah Charlotte Elliott Jackson (1824-1891), was the daughter of Thomas Elliot of Wakefield, and was also the second wife of Knight Diplomat Sir George Jackson (1785-1861), whom she married in 1856, and a prolific author in her own right, especially in the area of European history and of the court of France in the 16th century. After the death of her husband in 1861, she turned to literature, starting by editing the diaries and letters of her husband's early life. He was a distinguished diplomat, and is best known for accompanying Sir Charles Stuart to Germany and entering Paris with him in 1815, and for his efforts in connection with the abolition of the slave trade. On 19 June 1874 she was granted a pension in recognition of her husband's services. She then studied a variety of French memoirs, and compiled from them several books on French society. A few of her better known works include Old Paris: its Court and Literary Salons (1878), The Court of France in the Sixteenth Century, 1514-1559 (1886) and The First of the Bourbons: 1595-1610 (1890), each in two volumes. Bayntun of Bath. George Bayntun was born in Bath on 4th August 1873. He served his apprenticeship with the Taylor family in Trim Street and started his own bookbinding business in Northumberland Place in 1894. He employed London binders to raise the standard of craftsmanship and soon moved into a larger workshop in Walcot Street. Book Auction Records for 1906 recognized his success: "He has brought intelligence into play as well as high craftsmanship". In 1920 he purchased the bindery business of George Gregory, and in 1939 the Bayntun and Rivière binderies were incorporated into a new set of premises on Manvers Street (Bath), from where the business still operates today. George Bayntun had an especially good relationship with many of the pre-eminent American dealers including Brentano's. .
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Queen Margot Wife of Henry of Navarre
London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1907. A Superb Mid-Twenties Cosway-Style Binding by Bayntun of Bath with Two Fine Oval Miniatures Extra-Illustrated by the Insertion of Twenty-Five Engraved Plates of which Six are Hand-Colored COSWAY-STYLE BINDING. BAYNTUN, binder. WILLIAMS, H. Noel. Queen Margot Wife of Henry of Navarre. With sixteen illustrations in photogravure. London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1907. Quarto (9 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches; 238 x 188 mm.). xviii, 409, [1, blank] pp. Colored frontispiece and nineteen photogravure plates with tissues printed in red & brown. Extra-illustrated by the insertion of twenty-five engraved plates of which six are hand-colored. Bound ca. 1925 by Bayntun, stamp-signed in gilt "Bayntun. Binder. Bath. Eng." on front turn-in. Full dark blue crushed levant morocco over beveled boards, covers with elaborate gilt frames, spine with five raised bands, elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt ruled board edges, wide elaborate gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt. Front doublure of red morocco surrounded by a frame of inlaid maroon morocco. Set into the front doublure are two very fine oval miniature paintings set under beveled glass within a double gilt frame. The upper miniature is of Margaret de Valois, Queen Margot of Navarre. The lower miniature is of her spouse Henry III of Navarre (later Henry IV of France). Both miniatures measure 3 3/16 x 2 1/2 inches; 81 x 63 mm. The rear doublure is of red morocco surrounded by a frame of inlaid maroon morocco. Blue watered silk end-leaves. A very fine example housed in its original felt-lined blue cloth clamshell case. Margaret of Valois (1553-1615) was a French Princess of the Valois dynasty who became Queen Consort of Navarre and later also of France. By her marriage to Henry III of Navarre (later Henry IV of France), she was Queen of Navarre and then France at her husband's 1589 accession to the latter throne. Their marriage was annulled in 1599 by decision of the Pope. She was the daughter of King Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici and the sister of Kings Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III. Her marriage, which was to celebrate the reconciliation of Catholics and Huguenots, was tarnished by the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, and the resumption of the religious troubles which ensued. In the conflict between Henry III and the Malcontents, she took the side of Francis, Duke of Anjou, her younger brother, and this caused a deep aversion of the King against her. As Queen of Navarre, she also played a pacifying role in the stormy relations between her husband and the French Monarchy. Shuttled back and forth between the two courts, she endeavored to lead a happy conjugal life, but her sterility and the political tensions inherent in the French Wars of Religion caused the end of her marriage. Mistreated by a brother quick to take offence and rejected by a fickle and opportunistic husband, she chose the path of opposition in 1585. She took the side of the Catholic League and was forced to live in Auvergne in an exile which lasted twenty years. .
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Keywords: BAYNTUN, binder WILLIAMS, H. Noel Cosway-Style Bindings Extra-Illustrated Copies French History

 BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN; ROSSINI, GIOACHINO; HANDEL, GEORGE FRIDERIC, [Sammelband of Engraved Sheet Music for Voice and Piano
[Sammelband of Engraved Sheet Music for Voice and Piano
Vienna: S.A. Steiner und Comp. 1823. A Fine Sammelband of Ten Eighteenth Century Works for Voice and Piano Including the First Printing of Beethoven's Vier Deutsche Gedichte BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van. ROSSINI, Gioachino. HANDEL, George Frideric, et al. [General title]. Theater-Journal fur Gesang mit Begleitung des Piano-Forte. Vienna: S.A. Steiner [1823]. A fine sammelband of ten published engraved sheet music for voice and piano, including the first printing of Ludwig van Beethoven's Vier Deutsche Gedichte (Four German Poems), Vienna, [1823] and works by Rossini, Handel, Gluck, Wollank and others. Oblong quarto ( 9 7/16 x 12 3/8 inches; 240 x 314 mm.). A series of 10 published works by Beethoven, Gluck, Rossini, Handel, et. al. Collation: 10; 16; 14; 12; [2], 12, [2, blank]; [2], 14; 4; 4; 6; 8 pp. Some light foxing throughout. Title-page with early ink signatures of Minna Fournier and Alice V. Fournier. Full early nineteenth century red straight-grain morocco. Covers elaborately tooled in gilt with hearts, flowers and a central 'sun ray' design. Spine elaborately tooled in gilt, decorative gilt board-edges, tree calf liners richly bordered in gilt, light blue coated end-leaves, marbled end-papers. Corners a little worn but still a really amazing early nineteenth century binding. Works included: 1. Rossini, Giaochino. Theater-Journal. 11. Heft. Vienna: S.A. Steiner. Rossini's Cavatina from Der Barbier von Sevilla. 9 pp. (Printer's slug S;u:C:2961). 2. Weber, Carl Maria von [&] Wollank Friedrich. Sechs Italienische Gesaenge. Leipzig and Berlin in Kunst und Industrie Comptoir, 15 pp. (Printer's slug 389). 3. Fedrigotti, Giovanni. Tre Cavatine. Vienna: Pietro Mechetti qm Carlo. 13pp. (Printer's slug 485). 4. Diabelli, Anton. Philomele. Vienna: A. Diabelli et Comp. 11 pp. (Printer's slug C. et D. No. 293). 5. Beethoven, Ludwig van. Vier Deutsche Gedichte. Op 113. Vienna: Sauer & Leidesdorf (Bonn, Simrock; Leipzig, Peters). 12 pp. (Printer's slug Sauer et Leidesdorf 226: in Wein). First Printing. 6. Kreutzer, Conradin. Neun Wander Leider von Uhland. Augsbburg: Gombart und comp. 34tos Werk, Ites Heft. 13 pp. (Printer's slug 625). 7. Gluck, Ritter. Cavatine aus der Oper: Die Pilgrimme auf Mecca. Berlin: T. Trautwein. 4 pp. 8. Handel George Frideric. Duett aus dem Oratorium Athalia. Berlin: Grobenschutz und Seiler. 3 pp. 9. Carafa, Michele. Sempre piu l'amor mio etc. Duettino. Leipzig: Breitkopf & Hartel, 5 pp. (Printer's slug 3687). 10. Wollank, Friedrich. Drei Gesange für zwei Weibliche Stimmen. Berlin: T. Trautwein. 7 pp. .
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Book number: 04405
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Sonnets of Shakespeare, the
New Rochelle, New York: The Elston Press, 1901. Early Twentieth Century American Designer Bookbinding at its Very Best Shakespeare's Sonnets Bound by Henry Blackwell of New York [BLACKWELL, Henry, binder]. SHAKESPEARE, William. The Sonnets of Shakespeare now newly imprinted from the first edition of 1609, by Clarke Conwell at the Elston Press. New Rochelle, New York: The Elston Press, [1901]. Large octavo (9 1/8 x 6 1/4 inches; 232 x 159 mm.). [iv, blank], iv], 1-126, [1,], 127-154 [1, limitation], [5, blank] pp. "..The Sonnets of Shakespeare, newly imprinted by Clarke Conwell at The Elston Press from the first edition of 1609, with initial letters designed by H.M. O'Kane. Sold by Clarke Conwell at The Elston Press, Pelham Road, New Rochelle, New York. Two hundred and ten copies have been printed: Finished this twelfth day of December MDCCCI." (Limitation leaf). Superbly bound ca. 1901 by Henry Blackwell (stamp-signed in black "Bound by Blackwell" on verso of front end-paper). Full teal crushed levant morocco, covers with triple-ruled borders surrounding an inlaid border of maroon morocco, in turn surrounding a highly elaborate gilt and inlaid morocco design featuring 'Cobden-Sanderson' style gilt leaves and inlaid red morocco flowers. Each cover with four circles of inlaid maroon morocco. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and inlaid in the same style, lettered in gilt in the second compartment. Gilt ruled board edges and highly elaborate gilt decorated wide turn-ins. Doublures of orange morocco with a very intricate and pleasing geometric design. Lilac, purple and cream decorated silk end-papers, all edges gilt. A truly amazing example. Early twentieth century designer bookbinding at its very best. Henry Blackwell (1851-1928), bookbinder and bookseller, bibliographer and biographer, was the son of bookbinder Richard Blackwell of Liverpool whose bindery appeared in the Liverpool & Birkenhead Trades Directory in 1870. Henry emigrated to New York in 1877 where he supervised a large bindery. In 1892 he established his own shop in New York City. Blackwell played a prominent part in the Welsh-American life of his adopted country. He was a scholar of Welsh literature as well as binding, his 1899 essay, Notes on Bookbinding, was a memorable contribution. He had the largest Welsh Collection of books on this side of the Atlantic, and wrote articles, books and bibliographies about Welsh-American books. In 1893, he commissioned H.T. Sears to engrave a Welsh bookplate for his Welsh books. He also wrote articles about bookplates. He was a member of ex libris societies in America, England, France and Germany. He wrote the Introduction and a chapter on the study and arrangement of bookplates for W.G, Bowdoin's book, The Rise Of The Book-Plate, New York, 1901. His Private Library was sold at The Collectors Club in November 1915. "A New Book on Bookbinding.. In the coming fall the Briggs Brothers, of Plymouth, Mass. will publish, under the title of "Twentieth Century Cover Designs." an elaborate volume devoted almost exclusively to the work of American binders and artists.. Engravings of bindings by Toof & Co. Stikeman, Dudley & Hodge, F.J. Pfister, Henry Blackwell, Emily Preston, Schleuning & Adams, the Club Bindery and a few of the leading foreign binders will illustrate the text." (The American Bookbinder, Volume VI, No. 4, November, 1895, p.127). "Among the binders who now have notable shops in New York City, Henry Blackwell is one." (The Outlook. Volume LXXI, May-August, 1902, p. 258). "The most important of the New York private presses was in a suburb. The Elston Press began in Manhattan in 1900, but its owner, Clark Conwell, moved it to New Rochelle in 1901. Conwell, with the aid of his designer and wife, Helen Marguerite O'Kane, was one of the most brilliant of the Kelmscott disciples. His books exemplify the best in the private press spirit: with traditional models as a point of departure, they achieve freshness of their own. They were printed by handpress in limited editions on handmade paper and Japan vellum, bound in boards or cloth or vellum with ties." (Susan Otis Thompson. American Book Design and William Morris). While Thompson compares the Elston Press books to those of the Kelmscott Press, many of the Elston books are closer in style to the books of the Vale Press of Charles Ricketts. Either way, the books of the Elston Press are some of the finest examples of printing and book design ever done in America. Herbert H. Johnson. Notes on The Elston Press #7; Will Ransom. Private Presses and Their Books, p. 260, #6. .
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Book number: 04421
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Keywords: SHAKESPEARE, William ELSTON PRESS, The Fine Printing Poetry Sixteenth-Century Literature Limited Editions

 [KELMSCOTT PRESS]; BLUNT, WILFRED SCAWEN, Love-Lyrics & Songs of Proteus, the
Love-Lyrics & Songs of Proteus, the
London: Sold by Reeves & Turner , 1892. With The Scarlet Initials Superbly Bound at the Time of Publication by Rivière for Hatchards [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. BLUNT, Wilfrid Scawen. The Love-Lyrics & Songs of Proteus.. With The Love-Sonnets of Proteus.. now reprinted in their full text with many sonnets omitted from the earlier editions. [London: Sold by Reeves & Turner], 1892. One of 300 paper copies printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press. Small quarto (8 x 5 5/8 inches; 203 x 143 mm). [x], 251, [1, blank] pp. Printed in red and black in Golden type. Decorative woodcut borders and initials. Bound by [Rivière] for Hatchards ca. 1892. Full terracotta straight-grain morocco, covers ruled in gilt and elaborately decorated in an all over geometrical design of fleur-de-lys, smooth spine similarly decorated and lettered in gilt, gilt ruled board edges and turn-ins, top edge gilt, others uncut. With the engraved armorial bookplate of Phyllis Crossley "Those Friends Thou Hast and Their Adoption Tried, Grapple Them to Thy soul with Hoops of Steel" on front paste-down and a neat ink gift inscription on a front blank leaf which reads "Phyllis, New Years' Day 1899". Joints very slightly rubbed but quite sound. A superb example. This is the only Kelmscott Press book in which the initials were printed in red, Morris doing so at the request of Blunt who had a prolonged affair with Morris's wife, Janey, who had proof read the entire book, the only instance of her doing so with any other Kelmscott Press volume. "The fact is Morris is so good natured that he does not like to say 'no' but is printing this book surely against the grain" (Ellis to Frances Jenkinson, 14, March 1892, as cited in Peterson). In Greek mythology, Proteus was an early prophetic sea-god or god of rivers and oceanic bodies of water, one of several deities whom Homer calls the "Old Man of the Sea". Some who ascribe a specific domain to Proteus call him the god of "elusive sea change", which suggests the constantly changing nature of the sea or the liquid quality of water. He can foretell the future, but, in a mytheme familiar to several cultures, will change his shape to avoid doing so; he answers only to those who are capable of capturing him. From this feature of Proteus comes the adjective protean, meaning "versatile", "mutable", or "capable of assuming many forms". "Protean" has positive connotations of flexibility, versatility and adaptability. Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (1840-1922) was an English poet and writer best known for his poetry, but who also wrote a number of political essays and polemics. He is primarily known for his views against imperialism, viewed as relatively enlightened for his time. As an adult, he became an atheist, though he would walk in and out of episodes of faith and his writings, as well as some of his close friendships, show him to have had a serious interest in Islam. Blunt was also known for his scandalous affairs with prominent women, and a seemingly infinite capacity for falling in love. Blunt was a personal friend of William Morris and this collection was the third Kelmscott Press imprint that Morris produced. The book was printed in Morris's so-called Golden type, which was based on the very early roman font developed by Nicolas Jenson in 1475. Blunt consigned all elements of the design to Morris, but requested one thing: that the elaborate initials be printed in red. Morris acceded to this request, though he privately felt that printing entirely in black would have been more attractive. The book was well received and all 220 copies printed sold out very quickly. Phyllis Crossley - neè De bathe (1869-1948) was the daughter of Charlotte Clare and decorated military officer Sir Henry de Bathe, 4th Baronet. De Bathe served in the Crimean war as well as serving as aide to Lord Rokeby. In 1887, at age nineteen, Phyllis married Savile Crossley, 1st Baron Somerleyton. Lord Somerleyton was elected to parliament as a liberal, Member of the Royal Victorian Order (4th Class) and acted a Paymaster General from 1902-1905. Her father and her husband cast a spotlight on Phyllis, a socialite who was known for her fashion sense. During her husband's military deployment in South Africa, Phyllis looked after their five children while maintaining a social calendar of canvassing and charitable events. Her image hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, pp. 13-14. Peterson A3. Ransom, Private Presses, p. 325, no. 3. Sparling 3. Tomkinson, p. 108, no, 3. .
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Book number: 04839
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.
London: Printed by Henry Baldwin, for Charles Dilly, 1791-93. First Edition, First Issue of Boswell's Life Of Johnson Together With The Excessively Rare 'The Principal Corrections and Additions' Bound in at the End of Volume Two BOSWELL, James. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Comprehending an Account of his Studies and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; a Series of his Epistolary Correspondence and Conversations with many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of his Composition, Never Before Published. The Whole Exhibiting a View of Literature and Literary Men in Great-Britain, for Near Half a Century, during which He Flourished. In Two Volumes. London: Printed by Henry Baldwin, for Charles Dilly, 1791. First edition, first issue, with "gve" for "give" in the uncorrected state (line 10 on p. 135 in Volume I) and all of the errata uncorrected. Two quarto volumes (10 3/4 x 8 7/16 inches; 274 x 216 mm.). vii, [1, blank], [ix-xii], [16, "Table of Contents" and "Corrections and Additions"], 516; [2], 588 [i.e. 586] pp. Engraved frontispiece by James Heath from a portrait of Johnson by Sir Joshua Reynolds in Volume I, two engraved facsimile plates in Volume II. ("Round Robin.." facing p. 92 and "Fac Similes of Dr. Johnson's hand writing" facing p. 588). Together with [at the end of volume II] BOSWELL, James. The Principal Corrections and Additions to the first edition of Mr. Boswell's Life of Dr. Johnson. London: Printed by Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly, 1793. [Title, verso blank], 42 pp. Bound by Rivière & Son ca. 1910 in full mottled calf, covers with triple gilt rules. Spines with five raised bands, decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments, red and brown morocco labels lettered in gilt, gilt ruled board edges, decorative gilt turn-ins, marbled end-papers, all edges gilt. Expertly rebacked and corners strengthened (over fifty years ago) with original spines laid down. Occasional light foxing or staining to a few leaves, otherwise a fine copy of the first issue with the exceptionally rare Principal Corrections and Additions bound in at the end of volume two. "The work [The Principal Corrections and Additions] is now difficult to obtain; when it turns up it is almost invariably bound in with a copy of the first edition of the Life." (Pottle, p. 212). The 'gve' or 'give' question.. "Of the four copies in the British Museum, two have one reading and two the other. There can be little doubt that 'gve' is the earlier state. The first proof shows the word correctly spelled, but the lines are punctuated as follows: 'Short, O short! then be thy reign, "And give us to the world again.' Boswell passed this in the proof, but in the revise (both proof and revise are in the possession of Mr. Adam) he directed the printer to remove the exclamation point in the first line and substitute it for the first period at the end of the second, which is in fact the punctuation of the printed text. When the changes were made the 'i' dropped out, and the printer, not noticing what had happened, filled up the line by inserting a space between 'gve' and 'us'. After a considerable part of the edition had been printed, the error was discovered and corrected in the press." (Frederick Albert Pottle. The Literary Career of James Boswell, p. 151). The correct first issue as here reads" "Short, O short then be thy reign, "And gve us to the world again!" Boswell's biography of Johnson is a classic of the genre-a full, candid account of the life of one of the most famous eighteenth-century writers and thinkers by another. "The Life of Johnson was no single book miraculously produced by an inexperienced author. It was the crowning achievement of an artist who for more than twenty-five years had been deliberately disciplining himself for such a task" (Pottle, p. xxi). Courtney & Nichol Smith, pp. 172-3. Grolier, 100 English, 65. Pottle 79 & 113. Rothschild 464 & 466. Sterling 71. Tinker 338. .
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London: Macmillan and Co. 1877. Poems by Arthur Clough Florence Nightingale's Devoted Assistant CLOUGH, Arthur Hugh. Poems. With a Memoir. Fifth edition. London: Macmillan and Co. 1877. Octavo (6 1/2 x 4 7/16 inches; 166 x 113 mm.). xxiv, 350 pp. Contemporary full olive green morocco, covers with tripe-gilt rules, spine with five raised bands, decoratively ruled and lettered in gilt in compartments, pale yellow coated endpapers, all edges gilt. Various ink inscriptions on front flyleaf. Near fine. Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861) was an English poet, an educationalist, and the devoted assistant to ground-breaking nurse Florence Nightingale. He was the brother of suffragist Anne Clough, who became principal of Newnham College, Cambridge. Clough's output was small and much of it appeared posthumously. Anthony Kenny notes that the editions prepared by Clough's wife, Blanche, have "been criticized .. for omitting, in the interests of propriety, significant passages in Dipsychus and other poems." But editing Clough's literary remains has proven a challenging task even for later editors. Kenny goes on to state that "it was no mean feat to have placed almost all of Clough's poetry in the public domain within a decade, and to have secured for it general critical and popular acclaim." His long poems have a certain narrative and psychological penetration, and some of his lyrics have a strength of melody to match their depth of thought. He has been regarded as one of the most forward-looking English poets of the 19th century, in part due to a sexual frankness that shocked his contemporaries. He often went against the popular religious and social ideals of his day, and his verse is said to have the melancholy and the perplexity of an age of transition, although Through a Glass Darkly (pp. 54/55), suggests that he did not lack certain religious beliefs of his own, and in particular a belief in the afterlife where the struggle for virtue will be rewarded. His work is interesting to students of meter, owing to the experiments which he made, in The Bothie and elsewhere, with English hexameters and other types of verse formed upon classical models. Clough is perhaps best known now for his short poems Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth (p. 345), a rousing call to tired soldiers to keep up the good fight, Through a Glass Darkly (pp. 54/55), an exploration of religious doubt, and The Latest Decalogue, a satirical take on the Ten Commandments. The Latest Decalogue's (pp. 142/143) couplet on murder, "Thou shalt not kill; but need'st not strive/Officiously to keep alive:" is often quoted - usually out of context - in debates on medical ethics in the sense that it is not right to struggle to keep terminally ill people alive, especially if they are suffering. .
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Coila's Whispers
London: F. Harvey, 1872. With a Frontispiece by Thackeray and Five Etchings by Cruikshank An Early Twentieth Century Geometric Binding by Rivière & Son FRASER, William, Sir. CRUIKSHANK, George, illustrator. RIVIÈRE & SON, binders. Coila's Whispers. London: F. Harvey, 1872. Second Edition. No. 6 of fifty copies printed. Small quarto (8 1/4 x 6 inches; 210 x 152 mm.). [ii blank], vi, 160, [i], [3 blank]. Etched half-title drawing by William M. Thackeray. Five full-page etchings on india paper by George Cruikshank. Bound ca. 1920 by Rivière & Son (stamp signed on verso of front endpaper) in full dark blue crushed levant morocco. Both covers richly decorated in gilt with triple borders, each surrounding one hundred and seventy nine floral tools in a geometric design. Spine with five raised bands, richly decorated and lettered in gilt with the same floral tools. Double-ruled gilt board edges, decorative turn-ins, all edges gilt. The five etchings by George Cruikshank on india paper, are five out of eight compartments of a large plate etched by G.C. for Sir William Fraser, in 1870, for Poems by the Knight of Morar. "Only fifty numbered copies were issued of this edition, and consequently it is scarce." (Albert M. Cohn. George Cruikshank. A Catalogue Raisonné, p. 104.). Sir William Fraser, KCB (1816-1898) was a solicitor and notable expert in ancient Scottish history, palaeography, and genealogy. .
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Life of George Cruikshank, the
London: Chatto and Windus, 1883. In a Beautiful and Unusual Kelliegram Binding From the Library of Jakob Raskob - Builder of The Empire State Building [KELLIEGRAM Binding]. [CRUIKSHANK, George]. JERROLD, Blanchard. The Life of George Cruikshank. In Two Epochs. A New Edition. With Eighty-Four Illustrations. London: Chatto and Windus, 1883. New edition. Octavo (7 1/4 x 4 1/4 in; 180 x 116 mm). xvi, 392 pp. Nineteen black and white plates with tissue guards, sixty-five black and white text illustrations. Bound by Kelly & Sons ca. 1900 in an unusual Kelliegram (thus signed) binding of full crimson crushed morocco with gilt-decorated frame to covers, and multi-colored morocco inlaid portrait to spine. One raised band. Turn-ins with gilt corner pieces. All edges gilt. Green silk end leaves. Original red cloth covers and spine bound in at rear. With the bookplate of John J. Raskob. The beautifully inlaid and colorful "Kelliegram bindings were one of many innovations of the English commercial binding firm of Kelly & Sons. The Kelly family had one of the longest connections in the history of the binding trade in London, having been founded in 1770 by John Kellie, as the name was then spelled. The binding firm was carried on by successive members of the family into the 1930s. William Henry Kelly significantly developed the company in the first half of the nineteenth century, followed by William Henry, Jr. Henry, and Hubert Kelly, who took control in 1892, taking the firm into the twentieth century..The development [during the 1880s] that came to be known as Kelliegram was one of the bindery's most notable, and the popularity continues today as demonstrated by the prices Kelliegram bindings command at auction and in the rare book trade" (Dooley, Kelliegram Bindings, Brynmawr Library). George Cruikshank was and remains the most celebrated caricaturist and book illustrator of the 19th century. The previous owner, the noted book collector John Jakob Raskob, was a financial executive and businessman for DuPont and General Motors, and the builder of the Empire State Building. .
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Les Coupains
Paris: Le Rayon d'Or/Librairie Gallimard, 1952. A Spectacular Copy in a Stunning Binding Signed by the Author with an ALs by the Artist [DUHAYON, Henri, binder]. [BOFA, Gus, illustrator]. ROMAINS, Jules. Les Coupains. Avec douze aquarelles par Gus Bofa. N.p. [Paris]: Le Rayon d'Or, (1952). First edition illustrated by Bofa, limited to 3500 numbered copies sur vélin blanc des Papeteries de Lana, this being copy 3152. Octavo (8 1/4 x 6 1/8 in; 208 x 153 mm). 200, [1], [1, blank], [3, table], [1, blank], [1, colophon], [1, blank] pp. Twelve aquarelle plates, one of which has been inscribed by the artist to the owner. In a stunning contemporary binding by Henri Duhayon of Nice (stamp signed in gilt to inside front turn in) in full crushed cordovan morocco with large hand painted panel to upper and lower sides. Gilt lettered spine. Top edge gilt. Custom endpapers. A flawless copy in binder's leather edged slipcase. Signed and dated Nov. 1958 by the author, with a tipped in ALs by the artist, an inscription by French novelist and playwright Georges Duhamel dated Septembre 1958, and a TLs by the owner, Jean Francesche (with his blindstamped signed ex libris on inside front cover turn in). The eighth volume in Librairie Galimard's illustrated collection, Le Rayon d'or, a reissue of Romain's celebrated novel of 1913. Renowned artist Gus Bofa (b. Gustave Blanchot 1883-1968) was an illustrator for Rire and Sourire, a costume and set designer, a celebrated poster artist, and illustrator for the literary journal, Crapouillot. He soon became one of the most in demand illustrators of editions of Swift, La Fontaine, Cervantes, etc. ultimately with one hundred and seventeen volumes to his credit. (Ref. gusbofa.com). French novelist, poet, dramatist, and essayist Jules Romains (pseud. of Louis Farigoule 1885-1972) was, "early in his career..associated with a short-lived artistic community, the Groupe de 'Abbaye, which published his poems, La Vie unanime, in 1908. These poems wnad much of his later verse and prose, were influence by Unanimist theories of social groups and collective psychology. Before the war in 1914 he published more collections of poetry, a verse play..and two novels, Mort de quelqu'un (1911) and the farcial Les Copains [The Pals]" (New Oxford Companion to Literature in French, p. 707). Georges Duhamel's (1884-1966) experience as a surgeon during World War I produced Vie des martyrs (1917, tr. The New Book of Martyrs, 1918) and Civilisation (1918, tr. 1919). These collections of sketches are noted for their compassionate accounts of human suffering. He was successful as a dramatist; his Dans l'ombre des statues was performed in 1912 (tr. In the Shadow of Statues, 1914) and L'oeuvre des athlètes in 1920. His fiction includes two cycles of novels-Cycle de Salavin (1920-32, tr. 1936), about a sensitive eccentric, and Chronique des Pasquiers (1933-45, tr. 1937-46), about a bourgeois Parisian family. Essays in Scènes de la vie future (1930, tr. America: the Menace, 1931) and other collections reflect Duhamel's aversion to overindustrialization" (Columbia Enclyclopedia). He wrote passionately against war and its atrocities , and against the rise of Naziism. He was elected to the Académie Français in 1935. Though now largely forgotten, he is perhaps best remembered for his timeless epigram: "It is always brave to say what everyone thinks" The TLs by owner Jean Francesche reads: "The owner of this copy had read a book by Jules Romains, edited in 1958 by the Fayard Publishing House. It was the fourth book from the collection 'The Forty: MEMORIES AND SECRETS OF A WRITER.' "Page 128: 'In THE PALS, what part of the book is autobiographical and contains actual events?' "Page 129: 'It is not impossible to find a resemblance between the cheeks and glasses of Huchon with those of Duhamel, just as it is not impossible to find a certain pretentiousness in the future author of DESERT OF BIEVRES when Huchon prepares the veal stew as no one else can (to be more precise it was more like something between a stew and a roast)' "This revelation has led me to question the author's childhood friend on this detail, and Georges Duhamel, who like the author, has been made a member of the French Academy, was kind enough to write his answer on the half-title of this edition, which is illustrated by Gus Bofa. "I was also intrigued by the drawing where the artist had brought together 'THE PALS' and in which , I told him, it appeared that one of the characters had lost his head, or at least his cranium. "I asked him to please complete the drawing with a skillful stroke of his pencil. "He returned the drawing to me with an inscription as well as a curious letter which follows:. "I think that all of this adds to the interest of this charming volume [signed] Jean Franceche" Bofa's ALs response reads: Mr. N.D. des Champs Lundi 24 Novembre 88 Cher Monsieur, Votre lettre soulève un cas de conscience ! Votre «copain sans visage » n'a pas perdu la tête - il n'en a jamais eu - Jules Romain l'a voulu ainsi - lui, dans le même temps, mettait hors des soins, a une grande tendresse a portraiturer les autres copains. Bien loin de vouloir ajouter a ce bonhomme le coup de crayon que vous me demandez, je devrais plutôt regretter de lui ???? déjà, supposé un peu de menton, de bouche et de crâne, sans y être autorisé par le contexte. Avec mes deux mains bien sympatiques, [signature] Gus Bofa [Mr. N.D. des Champs Monday November, 24, '88 Dear Sir, Your letter stirs up a question of conscience! Your "pal without a face" has not lost his head - he never had one - Jules Romain wanted it like this, and at the same time he got a lot of tenderness into the process of drawing the other friends. Far from wanting to add the stroke of pencil to this man that you have asked me to, I regret that I cannot give him the supposed bit of chin, mouth and head, not being authorized to do so in this context. "With my two sympathetic hands, [signature] Gus Bofa] Duhamel's inscription reads: LES COPAINS Je n'ai aucune qualité pour poser ma signature sur le livre d'un ami de ma jeunesse; mais je dois dire que ma spécialité culinaire était alors le ragoût de moutons, & non le ragoût de veau. -[signature] G Duhamel Septembre 1958 [THE PALS I have no authority to put my signature on the book of my childhood friend; but I must say that my culinary specialty was lamb stew, not veal stew. -[signature] G. Duhamel September 1958] Monod 9851. .
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Day of the Jackal, the
London: Hutchinson, 1971. Inscribed First Edition of Frederick Forsyth's 'The Day of the Jackal' Bound by Sangorski & Sutclifffe In a Unique Pictorial Binding FORSYTH, Frederick. [SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, binders]. The Day of the Jackal. London: Hutchinson, 1971. First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by John Forsyth on the verso of the half-title "To/Sir Dudley/with warmest regards/Freddie Forsyth/15.11.71." Octavo (8 3/8 x 5 3/16 inches; 213 x 132 mm.). [vi], 358 pp. Pictorially bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe ca. 1980 in full red, blue, black and white oasis morocco, front cover with black morocco onlays and silver rule depicting a marksman and crosshairs, smooth spine lettered in silver, all edges silver, red, blue and white head- and tail bands, patterned red and black end-papers, original dust-jacket preserved at end. Housed in the original full black morocco slipcase. Although the binding is unsigned it was specially commissioned by a collector who always used S & S. As a young journalist posted in Paris in the early 1960s, Forsyth had reported first hand from the scene of a genuine attempt by extreme right wing forces to assassinate President Charles de Gaulle on the Avenue de la Libération. It was this experience which inspired his 1971 novel, centered on an unnamed assassin, codenamed the "Jackal," who ingeniously plots a further threat to de Gaulle's life.. Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel, Forsyth's first thriller won immediate acclaim as ""a strikingly successful thriller.. It makes such comparable books as The Manchurian Candidate and The Spy Who Came In From The Cold seem like Hardy Boy mysteries"" (New York Times). Drawing on events such as a 1962 assassination attempt on De Gaulle, made by Alain de Bougrenet de la Tocnaye, Forsyth returned from years as a war correspondent in Africa to write his novel ""in just 35 days, a feat he describes as something 'not quite so crazy when you think of twelve pages a day, times that by thirty-five and there you go, there's your novel"" (BBC). Basis for the popular 1973 film by director Fred Zinneman, starring Edward Fox. Preceded the same year by the English edition. Yaakov & Greenfieldt, 231. A fine signed copy. .
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Life and Adventures of Oliver Goldsmith, the
London: Bradbury & Evans / Chapman & Hall, 1848. With Three Watercolor Portrait Miniatures Under Glass Sumptuously Extra-Illustrated [COSWAY-STYLE BINDING]. SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, binders. FORSTER, John. The Life and Adventures of Oliver Goldsmith. A Biography in Four Books. London: Bradbury and Evans/Chapman & Hall, 1848. First edition, sumptuously extra-illustrated. Three octavo volumes (8 x 4 7/8 in; 204 x 123 mm.).xvii,[4], 232; 233-448; [2], 451-704 pp. Etched half-title. Three additional title-pages printed in red and black. Fifty black and white text illustrations as issued. With over seventy-five extra engraved portraits and views. Bound c. 1930 by Sangorski and Sutcliffe for Brentano's (stamp-signed) in full crushed teal blue morocco over beveled boards with elaborate gilt-rolled borders and gilt-tooled frame. Spines with five raised bands elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt in compartments. Gilt-ruled board edges, broad, gilt-rolled dentelles. Gilt-tooled beige morocco doublures featuring three watercolor portraits in sunken panels bordered with red morocco under glass of Oliver Goldmith, Samuel Johnson, and David Garrick respectively, with gilt laurels. White moiré silk flyleaves. Beveled edges. All edges gilt. With the bookplate of Samuel Wieder. A fine set. Housed in the original felt-lined, marbled paper-covered slipcase with blue morocco edges. Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774) was an Anglo-Irish novelist, playwright and poet, who is best known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), his pastoral poem The Deserted Village (1770), and his plays The Good-Natur'd Man (1768) and She Stoops to Conquer (1771, first performed in 1773). He also wrote An History of the Earth and Animated Nature. He is thought to have written the classic children's tale The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes, the source of the phrase "goody two-shoes.
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