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MILLER, THOMAS,
English Country Life.
0. 1859. Consisting of Descriptions of Rural Habits, Country Scenery, and the Seasons. With nearly three hundred illustrations, by Birket Foster, Jihn Gilbert, William Harvey, etc. London, Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, 1859; xvi, 479pp. with very numerous illustrations; publisher's blue cloth, gilt to a design by John Leighton on spine and front cover, a.e.g.; front board a little discoloured or spotted towards the edge, lacking front endpaper, light marginal finger-mark on title-page. First edition. A fresh copy of another countryside treasury by this prolific author and enthusiastic lover of the English countryside. The illustrations for his books are often very good, if not exquisite, and this work is no exception.
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Book number: IS00615
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Keywords: Ianweb Social History Ian Antiquarian Rare Victorian Illustrated Children's Juvenile Natural History Countryside Folklore Victorian Gift Books

 
O'BRIAN, PATRICK:
Caesar and Hussein. 2 Volumes in Slip-Case,
. 1999, The author's first two novels published in 1930 and 1938 respectively. Neither had been reprinted since. Caesar tells the poignant, autobiographical tale of a panda-leopard. Hussein is a picaresque tale of the adventures of a young Indian boy growing to manhood under the Raj. Patrick O'Brian's gift for storytelling and love of natural history are already well in evidence and both books are excellent entertainment for readers of all ages. With a new foreword by the author. One of the 250 signed copies of the limited edition bound in leather, tooled spines . Copy as new.
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Book number: 020349
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Keywords: Bibliophile Signed Weblists Signaturebook Signed Books Wim Meeuws Sch1 Bibliophile Limited Editions English Literature Patrick O'brian Leather

 
PORTER, ANNA MARIA,
The Fast of St. Magdalen.
0. 1818. A Romance. Three volumes, London, 1818; 347, 317, 346pp. complete with half-title pages, publisher's advertisements at rear of volumes II and III; publisher's original boards, edges of pages untrimmed; expertly rebacked with matching board and printed paper labels in keeping with the period, one page sprung, scattered light spotting. An excellent set of the first edition of this very scarce novel, with contemporary signature of the Countess of Harrington on the front paste-down of Volume III. The craftsmanship of the restoration includes the paper used for the spine being toned by hand to match the original boards. The advertisement leaves include two lists of popular novels available from the publisher, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown. A desirable copy.
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Book number: IS0043
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SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM,
The Plays
Pickering. 1825. in Nine Volumes. EIGHT volumes only [of nine], London, William Pickering, Chancery Lane, 1825; approx. 3.1 ins x 1.7 ins; each volume c. 300 pp. with 33 copper-engraved plates, and a few wood-engraved circular vignettes; contemporary maroon morocco, spines panelled in gilt with raised bands, lettered in gilt with the titles of the plays within one of the panels. triple gilt rule to boards, all edges gilt; several plates slightly or marginally embrowned, a few more than the others, text clean; Volume I lacks general title (discarded by the binder); Volume III lacks the final leaf (the last two pages of "A Winter's Tale"), title-page of Vol.IX long ago mended with neat stitching; bindings a little rubbed at extremities, a little darkened, bottom corner of rear board of Volume III scratched; generally very attractive in its miniature morocco binding, though a little used, and internally clean, but missing Volume II as well as the one leaf of Volume III. Spielman 456. "The illustrated edition of the Pickering Shakespeare is rare in itself as only a small number of the sets was issued with the engraved frontispieces". He quotes Sheringham, writing in "The Connoisseur" [Nov. 1902]: "The plates of the Shakespeare in particular, 38 in number, were all lost, and the later copies of course are without them." The plates were engraved after Thomas Stothard - except for that of Puck, which is after Sir Joshua Reynolds' already celebrated painting and a few others. Since there are usually four plates in each of our volumes, we guess that our Volume IX, with only three plates, may be short of one plate.
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Book number: IS001078
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SWIFT JONATHAN,
The Works,
. 1760. Accurately Revised in Twelve Volumes, Adorned with Copper-Plates. With Some Account of the Author's Life, and Notes, Historical and Explanatory by John Hawksworth. 12 volumes, London, Printed for C. Bathurst, C. Hitch .. 1760; contemporary (probably publisher's original) calf, spine with raised bands and simple gilt rules, gilt numbering; slight silver-fish damage to the corners of approx. five endpapers and the extreme outer corner of first two leaves of Volume IX. An excellent set , though further volumes were published. The title-pages are printed in red and black, and there are fine plates by and after J.C.Müller in Volume I, engraved maps to "Gulliver", and four pages of engraved music at the end of Volume VII. The bindings are almost immaculate. There is no obvious sign that there were ever lettering pieces in the upper compartments, though it's possible that there were.
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Book number: IS002134TRAVE
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TENNYSON, ALFRED,
The May Queen.
0. In Illuminated Borders designed by L.Summerbell. Published with the Author's Permission. London, Frederick Warne & Co. New York, Scribner, Welford and Armstrong, n.d. [c.1879]. 4to; twenty plates printed on rectos only, consisting of text within illuminated borders in chromolithography, including title-page and printer's device, tissue guards, 3-page publisher's list; publisher's boards, decorated in black and gilt, a.e.g.; rebacked in unlettered blue buckram, boards dull, a little marked and partially a little discoloured; contemporary signature and date at top of front blank, contents good. Beautiful high Victorian illumination chromolithographed with great precision and vitality in intense colours by George Berridge & Co. of London. A good copy.
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Book number: IS00505
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DYLAN THOMAS:
Under Milk Wood. 2 Phono Records
. Produced by Douglas Cleverdon with Richard Burton and all Welsh cast in the original B.B.C. Production. the songs set by Daniel Jones. Children's songs and singing game recorded by children of Laugharne school. 2 Argo records RG 21 and 22. Introduction on sleeve by Daniel Jones dated January 1954. in opriginal sleeves with cover illustration by Arthur Wragg. together in protective plastic folder. {The poet spoke no Welsh, he used Anglo-Welsh } Two 33 1/3 records housed in the original interior sleeves and jacket covers. Probably the 1970 pressing .
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Book number: 091183
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TOLKIEN, J.R.R.,
The Return of the King.
0. 1955. Being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings. London, George Allen & Unwin, 1955; 416 pp. with large folding map; publisher's red cloth; boards worn, split, marked, and with extensive surface damage; internally clean, although pages 1-14 are bumped, First edition, with the figure 4 in the inner lower margin of p.49. A copy for rebinding.
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Book number: IS002131
GBP 85.00 [Appr.: EURO 95.75 US$ 116.3 | JP¥ 12067]
Keywords: Ianweb Tolkien First Editions Fantasy Fiction English Literature

 
WAUGH, EVELYN, .
Labels.
0. 1930. A Mediterranenan Journal. London, Duckworth, 1930; 206 pp, [ + 1blank leaf ], with frontispiece from a drawing by the author, double-page route map, sketch map on one page of text, and three plates; publisher's blue cloth, illustrated dust-wrapper designed by Henry Lamb; ligh fading along top and bottom edges of boards and spine, a few tiny spots om rear endpapers; dust-wrapper price-clipped, a little darkened, minimally spotted, and a little rubbed at extremities, and chipped with loss at head of its spine, the loss extending to a maximum of about one inch from the top down one side of the spine and otherwise much smaller, losing half the letter "h" at the end of "Waugh";. A very good copy of the first impression of the first edition of a book extremely hard to find in fine condition or with a good dust-wrapper. The fading at the top of the spine corresponds to the obviously old chip in the dust-wrapper, which has since been protected with (unattached) transparent film and an (unattached) backing of old nearly-matching cream-coloured paper. Neither the film nor the backing paper are in any way attached to the wrapper or the book. A very desirable copy.
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Book number: IS002235
GBP 250.00 [Appr.: EURO 281 US$ 342.06 | JP¥ 35490]
Keywords: Ianweb Moder English Literature Mediterranean Travel Books Middle East Middle Eastern Travel Rare Modern First Editions Henry Lamb

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