Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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ANTHOLOGY. Forget me not; A Christmas And New Year's Present For 1826. London, Published by R. Ackermann, N.D. [1826]. 12mo; presentation leaf of grey coated paper embossed with pictorial motif and lettering in white and engraved title-page on plate-paper, with tissue guard, precede first leaf of Preface; thirteen steel engraved plates by Heath and others, after Westall, Corbould, Samuel Prout, etc., all with tissue guards; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii (excluding engraved leaves)]+386+[ii]; green glazed boards, printed in black; a.e.g.; end-papers coated light caramel; silk draw ribbon tipped under back pastedown; buff paper covered slip-case bordered with wide gilt rule at head and tail, with green glazed onlays front and back repeating the cover designs of the volume. Backstrip slightly chipped at head and tail; narrow strip of glazed covering to backstrip lacking; end-papers cracked; most of ribbon lacking; otherwise near fine in the original fingered and slightly worn slip-case.

The fourth volume of the first of the English Annuals. The probable first issue, later copies utilising the final plate as a frontispiece, and either being as this but without the presentation plate, or having a conventional slip-case, open at the backstrip, and two draw-ribbons, placed at the fore-edges. The slip-case of the present copy is open at top and bottom, like the inner case of an old-fashioned pack of cards, and the draw-ribbon is centred at the top-edge of the back board. The survival of a slip-case for this volume, and particularly for this issue, is unusual. Faxon, 1301, noting no variants. Contributors include Bernard Barton, H. Brandreth, Mary Russell Mitford, L.E. Landon (under her full name), Mrs. Hofland, Mrs. Hemans, The Rev. G. Croly, Henry Neele, T. Hood, James Montgomery, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Forget me not; A Christmas And New Year's Present For 1826. London, Published by R. Ackermann, N.D. [1826]. 12mo; presentation leaf of grey coated paper embossed with pictorial motif and lettering in white, steel engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and engraved title-page on plate-paper, precede first leaf of Preface; twelve steel engraved plates by Heath and others, after Westall, Corbould, Samuel Prout, etc., mostly with tissue guards; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii (excluding engraved leaves)]+386+[ii]; green glazed boards, printed in black; a.e.g.; silk draw-ribbons tipped under back pastedown at fore-edge. Backstrip lacking; otherwise in general a nice copy.

The fourth volume of the first of the English Annuals. The probable second issue, with the presentation leaf still present, but with the final plate transposed as frontispiece and with two draw-strings at the fore-edges instead of one at the top-edge of the back board, the book having been re-designed for a conventional slip-case (not here present) instead of the ‘card-pack' slip-case present with the probable first and third issues. Faxon, 1301, noting no variants. Contributors include Bernard Barton, H. Brandreth, Mary Russell Mitford, L.E. Landon (under her full name), Mrs. Hofland, Mrs. Hemans, The Rev. G. Croly, Henry Neele, T. Hood, James Montgomery, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Forget me not; A Christmas And New Year's Present For 1826. London, Published by R. Ackermann, N.D. [1826]. 12mo; stub of presentation leaf apparently excised before binding, frontispiece, and engraved title-page on plate-paper, with tissue guard, precede first leaf of Preface; twelve steel engraved plates by Heath and others, after Westall, Corbould, Samuel Prout, etc., all with tissue guards; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii (excluding engraved leaves)]+386+[ii]; green glazed boards, printed in black; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow; silk draw-string tipped under back paste-down; buff paper covered slip-case bordered with wide gilt rule at head and tail, with green glazed onlays front and back repeating the cover designs of the volume. Narrow strip of glazed covering to backstrip lacking at each joint, another at fore-edge of front board, not touching the design; most of ribbon lacking; top-corner of three leaves singed and cut away, not touching text; otherwise near fine in the original fingered and slightly worn slip-case.

The fourth volume of the first of the English Annuals. The probable third issue, with the presentation plate excised and with the last plate utilised as a frontispiece, but otherwise as the first issue, the slip-case being open at top and bottom, like the inner case of an old-fashioned pack of cards, and the draw-ribbon centred at the top-edge of the back board. Faxon, 1301, noting no variants. Contributors include Bernard Barton, H. Brandreth, Mary Russell Mitford, L.E. Landon (under her full name), Mrs. Hofland, Mrs. Hemans, The Rev. G. Croly, Henry Neele, T. Hood, James Montgomery, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Forget me not; A Christmas and new year's present For MDCCCXXIX. Edited by Frederic Shoberl. London: Published by R. Ackermann, N.D. [1828]. 12mo; embossed presentation leaf of cream card, and fine steel-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard precede title-page; half-title not called for; thirteen steel engraved plates by Finden and others, after J. Martin, Samuel Prout, etc., most with tissue guards; 4pp. integral advertisements at end, the last leaf a single inset, but continuing the pagination; pp.x+422; green glazed boards, printed in black; a.e.g.; end-papers coated white; buff paper covered slip-case with green glazed onlays front and back repeating the cover designs of the volume. Fine copy in the original slightly worn slip-case. Scarce thus.

The seventh volume of the first of the English Annuals. The slip-case of the present copy is open at top and bottom, like the inner case of an old-fashioned pack of cards. The survival of a slip-case for this volume is unusual. Faxon, 1304. Contributors include James Hogg, Barry Cornwall, Charles Swain, John Clare, Mrs. Bray, the late Henry Neele, Agnes Strickland, Bernard Barton, W.H. Harrison, Mary Russell Mitford, Emily Taylor, Mrs. Hofland, Mrs. Hemans, James Montgomery, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Forget me not; A Christmas, New year's, and birth-day present For MDCCCXXX. Edited by Frederic Shoberl. London: Published by R. Ackermann & Co, N.D. [1829]. 12mo in half sheets; fine steel-engraved frontispiece and vignette title-page with tissue guard precede letterpress title-page; half-title not called for; twelve steel engraved plates by W. Finden, J. Romney and others, after P. Stephanoff, S. Prout, P.A. Gaugain, W. Collins, etc., all with tissue guards; 4pp. integral advertisements at end, the last leaf a single inset, but continuing the signatures and pagination (but presumably printed conjugate with the preliminary gathering, which has only five leaves); pp.x+422; green glazed boards, printed in black; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Vertical crack in board of spine, but no weakness; otherwise a very nice copy of a delicate book. Scarce thus.

The eighth volume of the first of the English Annuals. Faxon, 1305. Contributors include the late Lord Byron (his earliest known poem), Miss M.J. Jewsbury, Barry Cornwall, John Galt, T. Hood, Charles Swain, Thomas Haynes Bayly, W.H. Harrison, Henry Brandreth, ‘The Old Sailor' (i.e., M.H. Barker: the first appearance of ‘Greenwich Hospital') Bernard Barton, Mary Russell Mitford, L.E. Landon (under her full surname), ‘The Ettrick Shepherd' (i.e., James Hogg), the late Henry Neele, Mrs. Hofland, James Montgomery, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Forget me not; A Christmas, New year's, and birthday present, For MDCCCXXXVI. Edited by Frederic Shoberl. Published by Ackermann and Co., N.D. [1835]. 12mo, gathered in half-sheets; binder's blank at back; half-title not called for; steel-engraved presentation leaf and frontispiece with tissue guard, precede letterpress title-page; nine other plates, mostly with tissue guards; 4pp. publisher's integral advertisements at end; publisher's full dark red morocco-faced basil, ruled, blocked and embossed with arabesques, blind, elaborately blocked, gilt, on sides, ruled, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Front free end-paper lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

Faxon, 1312. The first issue, dated on the title-page and spine. Contributors include James Montgomery, Mary Howitt, Charles Swain, T.K. Hervey, Miss Landon, ‘The Old Sailor' [M.H. Barker], Douglas Jerrold, Laman Blanchard, Mrs. Gore, ‘The Ettrick Shepherd', etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Forget me not; A Christmas, New year's, and birthday present, For MDCCCXXXVIII. Edited by Frederic Shoberl. Published by Ackermann and Co., N.D. [1837]. 12mo, gathered in half-sheets; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; steel-engraved presentation/title leaf (dated 1838) and frontispiece with tissue guard, precede letterpress title-page; nine other plates, mostly with tissue guards; publisher's 12pp. catalogue, undated, on text-paper, at end; publisher's full red morocco, ruled, blocked and embossed with arabesques, blind, elaborately blocked, gilt, on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g. End-papers renewed; otherwise nice.

Faxon, 1312: the first issue, bearing the words ‘For MDCCCXXXVIII' on the title-page. The plates are dated 1837, the book having been published for the Christmas market of that year. Contributors include Charles Swain, Mrs. L.H. Sigourney, ‘The Old Sailor' [i.e., M.H. Barker], James Montgomery, Mary Howitt, T.K. Hervey, the Rev. Richard Polwhele, Miss Lawrence, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Forget me not; A Christmas, New year's, and birth-day present [for MDCCCXXXIX]. Edited by Frederic Shoberl. Published by Ackerman [sic] and Co., N.D. [1838]. 12mo, gathered in half-sheets; half-title not called for; steel-engraved presentation/title leaf (dated 1839) and frontispiece with tissue guard, precede letterpress title-page; nine other plates, mostly with tissue guards; horizontally fine-ribbed crimson cloth, ruled and blocked blind, on sides, ruled lettered and elaborately blocked gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Nice.

Faxon, 1317, but a variant not recorded by Faxon: the second issue, not bearing the words ‘For MDCCCXXXIX' on the title-page. Contributors include Charles Swain, Mrs. L.H. Sigourney, Douglas Jerrold, Mrs. Abdy, Miss L.E. Landon, Mary Howitt, T.K. Hervey, Miss Lawrence, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Forget me not; A Christmas, New year's, and birthday present, For MDCCCXLII. Edited by Frederic Shoberl. Published by Ackermann and Co., N.D. [1841]. 12mo, gathered in half-sheets; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; steel-engraved presentation/title leaf, and frontispiece with tissue guard precedes letterpress title-page; nine steel-engraved plates, with tissue guards; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.354+[vi]; publisher's full red morocco, ruled blind and elaborately blocked gilt on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow; binder's ticket of Westleys & Clark on back paste-down. Spine faded; some tissues foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

Faxon, 1320. Contributors include James Montgomery, William E. Aytoun, Miss Lawrence, ‘The Old Sailor' [i.e., M.H. Barker], Mrs. Gore, Charles Swain, Allan Cunningham, Mrs. Sigourney, Laman Blanchard, Mrs. Ward, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Forget me not; A Christmas, New year's, and birthday present. Edited by Frederic Shoberl. London: Published by Ackermann and Co., N.D. [1841]. 12mo, gathered in half-sheets; half-title not called for; steel-engraved presentation/title leaf and frontispiece precede cancel letterpress title-page on slightly thinner paper; nine steel-engraved plates; advertisements not called for at end in this issue; pp.354; publisher's vertically fine-ribbed dark green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, ruled, lettered, and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Slight wear to cloth at top corner of spine; ring mark on front cover; small worm hole affecting extreme top edges of first eleven leaves; otherwise a very good copy, near nice.

Faxon, 1320: the volume for 1842, the twentieth year of issue, but a secondary re-issue of the original sheets with an undated cancel title-page and a cloth instead of morocco binding. Contributors include James Montgomery, William E. Aytoun, Miss Lawrence, ‘The Old Sailor' [i.e., M.H. Barker], Mrs. Gore, Charles Swain, Allan Cunningham, Mrs. Sigourney, Laman Blanchard, Mrs. Ward, etc. These last few editions of the Forget me not are scarce. Faxon does not record this issue.

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ANTHOLOGY. Forget me not; A Christmas, New year's, and birthday present, For MDCCCXLIII. Edited by Frederic Shoberl. Published by Ackermann and Co., N.D. [1842]. 12mo, gathered in half-sheets; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; steel-engraved presentation/title leaf and frontispiece with tissue guard precedes letterpress title-page; nine plates, with tissue guards; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; publisher's full red morocco, ruled blind and elaborately blocked gilt on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Some tissues foxed with offsetting; otherwise a very nice copy.

Faxon, 1321. Contributors include James Montgomery, Charles Swain, Mrs. Sigourney, Laman Blanchard, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Forget me not; A Christmas, New year's, and birthday present, For MDCCCXLIV. Edited by Frederic Shoberl. Published by Ackermann and Co., N.D. [1843]. 12mo, gathered in half-sheets; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; wood-engraved presentation/title leaf and steel-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard precedes letterpress title-page; nine plates, with tissue guards; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; publisher's full red morocco, ruled blind and elaborately blocked gilt on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Spine faded, slightly chipped at headband, and a trifle scuffed; otherwise a fine copy.

Faxon, 1322. Contributors include Miss L.E. Landon, Mrs. S.C. Hall, Miss Eliza Cook, Miss Mitford, Charles Swain, The Countess of Blessington, Mrs. Gore, Mary Howitt, ‘The Ettrick Shepherd', etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Forget me not; A Christmas, New year's, and birthday present, For MDCCCXLV. Edited by Frederic Shoberl. Published by Ackermann and Co., N.D. [1844]. 12mo, gathered in half-sheets; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; wood-engraved presentation/title leaf and steel-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard precedes letterpress title-page; eight plates (ex nine, but v.note below), with tissue guards; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; publisher's full red morocco, ruled blind and elaborately blocked gilt on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Spine faded; slight foxing of prelims.; otherwise a very nice copy.

Faxon, 1323. Contributors include ‘The Old Sailor' [i.e., M.H. Barker], Mary Russell Mitford, Mrs. Gore, Charles Swain, Captain Frederick Chamier, etc. The missing plate is that to face p.13, which has been lacking in every copy we have handled, and would appear either not to have been issued or to have been withdrawn at an early date.

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ANTHOLOGY. Friendship's Offering; Or, The annual remembrancer: A Christmas Present, Or New year's gift, For 1825. Lupton Relfe, 13, Cornhill. 12mo, printed in half-sheets; half-title not called for; steel engraved presentation leaf, and superb hand-coloured engraved title page precede letterpress title-page; engraved dedication leaf, with tissue guard, follows title-page; ten plates, and three leaves of engraved music; one plan and twelve wood-engraved vignettes on text paper; later full maroon calf, ruled and tooled blind on sides; ruled blind, lettered gilt up spine; a.e.g.; marbled end-papers. Very nice.

Faxon, 1330, not noting the engraved music. This is a larger copy than that recorded by Faxon, despite being rebound, and measures 5 1/2"x3 1/2, as against the 5 1/4"x3 3/8" called for by him. Three of the plates and their accompanying letterpress have evidently been added somewhat as an afterthought, and appear with starred page-numbers indicating a reduplication. The plate listed as facing p.230 has been bound in correctly at p.200, to face its text. Contributors include Mrs. Opie, Miss M. Edgeworth, L.E.L., etc. Many of the other contributions are topographical.

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ANTHOLOGY. Friendship's offering. A Literary album. Edited by Thomas K. Hervey. Lupton Relfe, 13, Cornhill, 1827. 12mo in half-sheets; binder's blank at front and back; fine steel-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, engraved title-page, and letterpress title-page with tissue guard precede Preface; eight plates with tissue guards (v. note); pp.xii+348; light green boards printed in black; a.e.g.; pink end-papers; pink slip-case, embossed on front panel with design and lettering in white after the manner of a Wedgewood vase. Slip-case a little dusty; external joints unobtrusively strengthened with tissue; front end-paper a trifle chipped; lower portions of some plates lightly damp-stained; otherwise a fine copy.

Faxon, 1332. The Preface (signed ‘B.E.P.') speaks of the volume having appeared "under unexpected difficulties". These included the illness of the editor. Perhaps as a consequence of this, the advertised frontispiece appears not to have been ready by the time of publication. In this copy, the plate listed to face p.253 has been substituted for it. Since the present copy was certainly so issued, and the fact of is not noted by Faxon, this may constitute an issue point. Literary Contributors include L.E.L[andon]., Mrs. Hemans, Bernard Barton, Henry Neele, T.K. Hervey, James Montgomery, Thomas Hood, Horatio Smith, Robert Southey, Miss Mitford, [G.R. Gleig], R. Polwhele, Miss Emma Roberts, Rev. G. Croly, John Galt, W. Jerdan, Agnes Strickland, Rev. W. Lisle Bowles, John Clare, etc., most of the above being represented by more than one contribution. The plates, after Martin, etc., are engraved by Finden, Humphreys, Heath, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Friendship's offering. A Literary Album, And Christmas and new year's present, For 1828. Smith, Elder, & Co. 65, Cornhill, 1828 [i.e., November, 1827]. 12mo, in half sheets; ‘presentation plate' leaf of supercalendered white card printed with a steel-engraved design in gold, steel-engraved frontispiece, and engraved title-page, precede letterpress title-page; ten plates, some with tissue guards; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.xii+[386]+[ii]; binder's blank at front and back; full crimson calf, lettered and elaborately embossed blind, blocked gilt, on sides, embossed blind, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers faced light brown. In general a nice copy.

Faxon, 1333. The earliest use of embossed leather on an annual. Contributors include Robert Southey, Esq. P.L., L.E.L., Mrs. Opie, Winthrop M. Praed, Esq., Charles Knight, Allan Cunningham, Miss Mitford, Mrs. Hofland, [G.R. Gleig], Mr. John Clare, Bernard Barton, Esq., etc., etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Friendship's offering: A Literary Album, And Christmas and new year's present, For MDCCCXXX. Smith, Elder, and Co., 65, Cornhill, 1830. 12mo, printed in half-sheets; half-title not called for; steel engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and combination engraved title-page and presentation leaf precede letterpress title-page; eleven plates with tissue guards; one wood-engraving on text-paper; publisher's claret calf, elaborately embossed blind, blocked gilt, on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. In general a nice copy.

Faxon, 1335. The plate listed as facing p.57 is bound in, correctly, with its text, at p.75. Contributors include James Montgomery, Thomas Roscoe, Charles Knight, Mrs. Howitt, John Banim, Miss Mitford, Henry Mackenzie, Leitch Ritchie, S.C. Hall, the Banims (anonymously), James Hogg (anonymously), John Clare, James Baillie Fraser, Mrs. Godwin, Mrs. Hofland, Mrs. S.C. Hall, Allan Cunningham, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Friendship's offering: A Literary Album, And Christmas and new year's present, For MDCCCXXXI. Smith, Elder, and Co., 65, Cornhill, 1831. 12mo, printed in half-sheets; half-title not called for; steel engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and combination engraved title-page and presentation leaf precede letterpress title-page; eleven plates with tissue guards; publisher's claret calf, elaborately embossed blind, blocked gilt, on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Covers used and worn; otherwise a nice copy.

Faxon, 1336. Contributors include Miss Mitford, Barry Cornwall, Leitch Ritchie, William Howitt, Mary Howitt, the Banims (anonymously), Allan Cunningham, Mrs. Lee, John Galt, Mrs. Hall, Miss Emily Taylor, James Baillie Fraser, William Roscoe, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Friendship's offering; And Winter's Wreath: A Christmas and new year's present, For MDCCCXXXIV. Smith, Elder, and Co., 65, Cornhill, 1834. 12mo, printed in half-sheets; half-title not called for; binder's blank at front and back; steel engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and combination engraved title-page and presentation leaf, precede letterpress title-page; ten plates with tissue guards; publisher's deep rose calf, elaborately embossed blind, blocked gilt, on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. A near nice copy.

Faxon, 1339. Contributors include Miss Mitford, Barry Cornwall, Leitch Ritchie, S.T. Coleridge (ten pieces), the Hon. Mrs. Norton, Sarah Stickney [Mrs. Ellis], John Banim, Charles Whitehead, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Friendship's offering; And Winter's Wreath: A Christmas and new year's present, For MDCCCXXXV. Smith, Elder, and Co., 65, Cornhill, 1835. 12mo, printed in half-sheets; binder's blank at back; half-title not called for; steel engraved frontispiece and combination engraved title-page and presentation leaf precede letterpress title-page; ten plates with tissue guards; publisher's puce calf, elaborately embossed blind, blocked gilt, on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Covers rubbed, and split over front joint; internally a near-fine copy.

Faxon, 1340. Contributors include J. R[uskin], Sarah Stickney (later Mrs. Ellis), Barry Cornwall, Mary Howitt, Miss Mitford, John Clare, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Friendship's offering; And Winter's Wreath: A Christmas and new year's present, For MDCCCXXXVI. Smith, Elder and Co.,65, Cornhill, Booksellers to their majesties, 1836. 12mo, printed in half-sheets; binder's blank at front; integral advertisement leaf followed by binder's blank at end; half-title not called for; steel engraved frontispiece and combination engraved title-page and presentation leaf precede letterpress title-page; nine plates with tissue guards; publisher's puce calf, elaborately embossed blind, blocked gilt, on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow; binder's ticket of McCulloch, 33, St. John's Square, Clerkenwell, on back paste-down. A fine copy.

Contributors include G.P.R. James, Sarah Stickney, L.E.L., [James Dalton], Thomas Miller, W. Jerdan, W.H. Wills, J[ohn]. R[uskin]., Agnes Strickland, Douglas Jerrold, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Friendship's offering; And Winter's Wreath: A Christmas and new year's present, For MDCCCXXXVII. Smith, Elder, and Co., 65, Cornhill, 1837. 12mo, printed in half-sheets; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; steel engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and combination engraved title-page and presentation leaf precede letterpress title-page; nine plates with tissue guards; one wood-engraving on text-paper; publisher's black calf, elaborately embossed blind, blocked gilt, on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Near-fine.

Faxon, 1342. Contributors include G.P.R. James, Thomas Miller, L.E.L., J. R[uskin], Agnes Strickland, Sarah Stickney (later Mrs. Ellis), Barry Cornwall, Allan Cunningham, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Friendship's offering; And Winter's Wreath: A Christmas and new year's present, For MDCCCXL. Smith, Elder and Co., 1840. 12mo, printed in half-sheets; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; steel engraved frontispiece and combination engraved title-page and presentation leaf precede letterpress title-page; eight other plates, with tissue guards; publisher's dark brown calf, elaborately embossed blind, blocked gilt, on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Covers worn and used; otherwise in general nice.

Faxon, 1345. In this copy the page number to p.233 has the last numeral badly out of line. Contributors include J. R[uskin], Agnes Strickland, Thomas Miller, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Friendship's offering; And Winter's Wreath: A Christmas and new year's present, For MDCCCXL. Smith, Elder and Co., 1840. 12mo, printed in half-sheets; binder's blank at front, lacking at back; half-title not called for; steel engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and combination engraved title-page and presentation leaf precede letterpress title-page; seven plates with tissue guards (ex eight); publisher's claret calf, elaborately embossed blind, blocked gilt, on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g. Recased, with new end-papers; lacking the plate to face p.205; otherwise a very good copy.

Faxon, 1345. In this copy, the number of p.233 has the numerals correctly aligned. Contributors include J. R[uskin], Agnes Strickland, Thomas Miller, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Friendship's offering; And Winter's wreath: A Christmas and new year's present. George Routledge and Co., Soho Square, N.D. [?1845]. 12mo, gathered in half sheets; steel engraved frontispiece, with tissue guard, and eight plates; half-title not called for; pp.viii+316; vertically ribbed red cloth, blocked blind on sides, gilt on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g. Covers badly worn and used, the backstrip partly detached and laid on; front free end-paper lacking; end-papers and plates damp-stained; text in general nice.

A rare volume, not in Faxon, who lists the series only until 1844, the publisher for that and the several preceding years being Smith, Elder & Co. Among the contributors, listed in the Contents is ‘Dionysius L. Bourcicault [sic, his name spelt thus both here and in the text], Author of "London Assurance"'. This suggests an earlier limiting date for the volume of 1841, but the book does not correspond either in the number of plates or in pagination to any of the post 1840 volumes listed by Faxon. Two contributions to the volume by ‘J[ohn] R[uskin], of Christ Church Oxford' are those listed by Wise as having appeared in the volume for 1842, but the page references given by Wise would not hold here. We suspect that the book is made up, in large part at least, from material (including, presumably, plates) reprinted from earlier volumes in the series. Contributors include Ruskin, Boucicault, Leitch Ritchie, the Countess of Blessington, Barry Cornwall, Grace Aguilar, Harrison Ainsworth, Heber, Camilla Toulmin, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Friendship's offering; Or, Affection's souvenir; A birth-day present. With Steel Engravings. Smith, Elder and Co., Cornhill, N.D. [?1857]. 12mo, in half sheets; half-title not called for; steel-engraved frontispiece with thin paper guard, and eight plates, most with loose tissue guards; royal blue straight morocco cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered gilt on spine, blocked pictorially gilt on front cover and spine with designs by John Leighton; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow; binder's ticket of ‘Leighton Son & Hodge, Shoe Lane' on back paste-down. Unotrusively inscribed on back of frontispiece (v. note); otherwise nice.

Not in Faxon. A re-ordered reprint, relying heavily upon the 1835 volume, but with fewer plates, and some omissions and additions. Contributors include J.R[uskin]; Mary Howitt, Charles Whitehead, Mrs. Erskine Norton, Miss Mitford, and Thomas Pringle. The inscription is dated ‘Jany. 7th 1858', and since this volume was purchased by us together with a reissue of the ‘Forget Me Not' (original sheets, secondary binding, and undated prelims.) inscribed ‘June 1857', we assume the present volume probably to have been issued for the Christmas market of that year, an assumption supported by the design of the binding, which would be appropriate for about that date. There is no list of plates, but they are here bound in to face pp.32, 52, 64, 88, 150, 182, 218, and 280.

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ANTHOLOGY. The gem, A Literary Annual. W. Marshall, 1, Holborn Bars, 1831. 12mo, printed in half-sheets; binder's blank at front and back; pp.[xii]+276; half-title not called for; steel engraved frontispiece, and eleven plates, most with tissue guards; green full sheep, elaborately tooled gilt border on sides, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Small peeled patch on front cover, and spine a trifle dull; end-papers slightly marked from turnover of sheep; otherwise a nice copy.

Faxon, 1362. The third of four annual volumes. Contributors include The Hon. Mrs. Norton, E.M. Fitzgerald, Bernard Barton, A. Tennyson, Mary Howitt, William Howitt, Sir Aubrey de Vere, Bart., Miss Mitford, Thomas Roscoe, Edward Moxon, etc. Tennyson's several contributions represent his first appearance in an anthology.

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ANTHOLOGY. The gem, A Literary Annual. W. Marshall, 1, Holborn Bars, 1832. 12mo, printed in half-sheets; binder's blank at front and back; pp.[viii]+276+4; half-title not called for; steel engraved frontispiece, and eleven plates, most with tissue guards; 4pp. publisher's advertisements, on text-paper, at end; blue-green watered silk, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; buff end-papers. Silk rubbed through in places at all edges; presentation inscription on binder's blank, neat contemporary ownership inscription on upper margin of title-page; some foxing of end-papers, plates and facing leaves; otherwise a fine copy.

Faxon, 1363. The last of four annual volumes. Contributors include Bernard Barton, Agnes Strickland, Lord Byron, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Good reading About many Books mostly By their authors. T. Fisher Unwin Pater- Noster Square, 1894-5. 12mo; leaf bearing publisher's large woodcut device precedes title-page; half-title not called for; numerous illustrations on text-paper, some unbacked, but all included in the pagination; list of co-publishers in the U.S.A. followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. text-paper catalogue at end, separately paginated; pp.[264]+[ii]+16; light grey art linen blocked with publisher's large initial device scarlet on back cover, ruled gilt, lettered scarlet and gilt, and with glazed blind-pressed panel, on front cover, lettered gilt and red on spine; end-papers printed with publisher's monogram design in grey. Two small marks on spine; first and last page lightly embrowned by contact with the end-papers; otherwise a very nice copy.

A very scarce title, privately printed as a new year's gift for presentation to the trade. The volume was also issued in wrappers, and 100 copies were printed on Japan, numbered and signed by Unwin. Contributors include T. Fisher Unwin himself, John Oliver Hobbes, S.R. Crockett, Ernest Radford, Grant Allen, etc. There are articles on W.B. Yeats, Knatchbull-Hugessen, Louis Becke, the Pseudonym Library, the Autonym Library, the Children's Library, etc., portraits and facsimile signatures of most of the authors mentioned, and two illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley, apparently here first published in book form (being designs for ‘Autonym' and ‘Pseudonym' Library posters, reproduced from the art-work, before lettering). Lasner, 75A

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ANTHOLOGY. The great streets Of The world By Richard Harding Davis; W.W. Story; Andrew Lang; Henry James; Francisque Sarcey; Paul Lindau; Isabel F. Hapgood. Illustrated by A.B. Frost; Ettore Tito; W. Douglas Almond; Alexander Zezzos; G. Jeanniot; F. Stahl; Ilya Efimovitch Répin. 45, Albemarle Street, James R. Osgood, McIlvaine, & Co., 1892. Super roy.8vo; blank before half-title; frontispiece on text-paper, with tissue guard; cancel title-page; numerous illustrations on text-paper; final blank; bevelled navy blue buckram, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers coated dark grey-green. Nice copy.

First edition, English issue. Printed in America, for Scribners, this is one of an apparently fairly small number of copies imported. Blanck, 10599 refers. Printed throughout on art paper. In the present copy, p.144 l.1 has the final ‘l' lacking.

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ANTHOLOGY. Heath's Book of beauty. M.DCCC.XXXIII. With Nineteen beautifully finished engravings, From Drawings by the first artists. By L.E.L. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, N.D. [1832]. Lge.12mo; half-title not called for; steel-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and engraved title-page, precede letterpress title-page; seventeen other plates, mostly with tissue guards; pp.[viii]+264; binder's blank at front and back; publisher's full very dark green morocco, tooled blind and gilt, ruled blind, on sides, lettered, and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; red head and tail bands; a.e.g.; end-papers glazed yellow; binder's ticket of ‘F. Westley, Friar Street, Near Doctors Commons' on front paste-down. Slight mottling of back cover; some foxing of plates, with offsetting onto tissues and facing leaves; otherwise a fine copy.

Stories interspersed with poems, all by Letitia Elizabeth Landon. Faxon, 1383. The first year of issue of this annual, edited thereafter by the Countess of Blessington, and included in consequence here under ‘anthology' in order to keep it with the rest!

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ANTHOLOGY. Heath's Book of beauty. 1834. With Nineteen beautifully finished engravings, From Drawings by the first artists. Edited by The Countess of Blessington. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, N.D. [1833]. Binder's blank at front and back; steel-engraved frontispiece and vignette title-page follow half-title; letterpress title-page; seventeen steel engraved plates, with tissue guards; pp.[viii]+[280]; full very dark green morocco, ruled and blocked blind, blocked gilt on sides, lettered and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers glazed lemon; binder's ticket of ‘F. Westley, Friar Street, Near Doctors Commons' on front paste-down. Spine minutely chipped at head and very slightly cracking at head of front joint; some foxing of plates, with a little light off-setting onto facing leaves; otherwise a nice copy.

Faxon, 1384. The second year of issue. Contributors include the future Lord Lytton, the editor, Mrs. S.C. Hall, ‘one of the Authors of Rejected Addresses', W.S. Landor, John Galt, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Heath's Book of beauty. 1835. With Nineteen beautifully finished engravings, From Drawings by the first artists. Edited by The Countess of Blessington. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, N.D. [1834]. Binder's blank at front and back; steel-engraved frontispiece and vignette title-page follow half-title; letterpress title-page; seventeen steel engraved plates, with tissue guards; pp.[viii]+264; full very dark green morocco, ruled and blocked blind, blocked gilt on sides, lettered and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers glazed lemon; binder's ticket of ‘F. Westley, Friar Street, Near Doctors Commons' on front paste-down. Spine minutely chipped at head and very slightly cracking at tail of front joint; some foxing of plates, with a very little light off-setting onto facing leaves; otherwise a fine copy.

Faxon, 1385. The third year of issue. Contributors include the author of ‘Rookwood' [W.H. Ainsworth], the editor, Viscount Castlereagh, ‘Barry Cornwall', Lady Charlotte Bury, Mrs Shelley, the author of ‘Vivian Grey' [Benjamin Disraeli], Thomas Moore, James Smith, W.S. Landor, Leitch Ritchie, Edward Fitzgerald, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Heath's Book of beauty. 1841. With Beautifully finished engravings, From Drawings by the first artists. Edited by The Countess of Blessington. Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, N.D. [1840]. Super roy.8vo; fine steel-engraved frontispiece with thin paper guard, and vignette title-page, precede letterpress title-page; fourteen plates; pp.[viii]+280; dull blue fine morocco grain silk, ruled and embossed blind on sides, blocked gilt on front cover, ruled and blocked blind, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Small damp-stain affecting blank inner margin of frontispiece and engraved title-leaf; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Contributors include B. Disraeli, Esq. M.P.; [Gerald Griffin]; Walter Savage Landor, Esq.; Captain Marryat, R.N.; Mrs. Abdy; Lord William Lennox; Miss Camilla Toulmin; Tyrone Power, Esq.; Sir Edward Lytton Bulwer, Bart.; [F.M. Reynolds]; Richard Monckton Milnes, Esq. M.P.; etc., etc. Faxon, 1391.

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ANTHOLOGY. Heath's Book of beauty. [1845]. With Beautifully finished engravings, From Drawings by the first artists. Edited by The Countess of Blessington. Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, [on engraved title:] Published 1844. Sm.super roy.8vo; fine steel engraved frontispiece and vignette title-page with tissue guard precede letterpress title; eleven steel-engraved plates, with tissue guards; light blue straight grain morocco cloth elaborately blocked and ruled gilt on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated bright yellow. Small, almost invisible, restoration to cloth of spine; slight wear to cloth at corners; date neatly erased from title-page (v. below); otherwise a fine copy.

Contributors include Walter Savage Landor, J[ohn]. R[uskin]., Mrs. Abdy, Lord William Lennox, Grace Aquilar [sic], James Nisbet, the editor, Lytton, R.M. Milnes, etc. Faxon, 1395, but a larger copy than that recorded by Faxon, measuring 9 1/4" X 6 5/8", instead of 8 3/4" X 6": hence possibly a copy on large paper. The date on the engraved title page, as on the rest of the plates, is almost invisibly minute, and the covers, though elaborate, are undated. The reason for the erasure of the date from the title-page, thus leaving the volume effectively dateless, can only be a matter for speculation, but since there is no presentation inscription on this copy, it is unlikely to have been done by a later purchaser, and we suspect that it may reflect a working off of old publisher's stock in some subsequent year. This is perhaps made more likely by the fact that the Annual ceased publication in 1847. The thirteenth annual volume.

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ANTHOLOGY. Hood's Comic Annual For 1877. Edited by Henry Sampson. With twenty-five pages of pictures Engraved by the brothers Dalziel. Published for the proprietors at the Fun office, 80 Fleet Street, E.C., N.D. [1876]. Double f'cap 8vo; first leaf printed with commercial advertisements on verso and serving as paste-down; frontispiece on verso of half-title, and numerous illustrations on text-paper; commercial advertisements on verso of title, Preface, and Contents leaves; 15pp. commercial advertisements on text-paper at end, the last leaf serving as paste-down; white wrappers cut flush, printed in purple; lower-edges rough trimmed; 4pp. Chapman and Hall advertisements on smaller grey paper tipped on to front paste-down. Backstrip badly defective; otherwise a nice copy.

Includes work by Austin Dobson, Gordon Thomson, D. Christie Murray, Henry C. Newton, E.G. and George Dalziel, F. Barnard, Dutton Cook, George R. Sims, Charles Townley, J.F. Sullivan, Edward Capern, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Illustrated Interviews. By Harry How. George Newnes, Limited, 8, 9, 10, and 11, Southampton Street, and Exeter Street, Strand, W.C., 1893. Wide med.8vo; frontispiece and numerous illustrations on text-paper; pp.[4 (including frontispiece)]+iv (two tipped in conjugate pairs)+311+[i (blank)]; bevelled apple green buckram blocked black, lettered black, gilt, and black-shadowed gilt, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black and gilt, panelled gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers printed with peacock feather design in pale brown. Gilt a little dull and rubbed on spine; end-papers slightly cracked; otherwise nice.

The first binding. Wolff, 6148, listing a copy in the second binding, identical to this except that the boards do not have bevelled edges. Seventeen interviews - with W.S. Gilbert (including two unpublished stanzas from "The Gondoliers" - one a facsimile of the ms.), Sir Frederick Leighton, H. Rider Haggard, F.C. Burnand, Henry Irving, Ellen Terry, George Augustus Sala, Harry Furniss, etc. - all copiously illustrated.

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ANTHOLOGY. Illustrated Interviews. By Harry How. George Newnes, Limited, 8, 9, 10, and 11, Southampton Street, and Exeter Street, Strand, W.C., 1893. Wide med.8vo; frontispiece and numerous illustrations on text-paper; pp.[4 (including frontispiece)]+iv (two tipped in conjugate pairs)+311+[i (blank)]; apple green buckram blocked and lettered black on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black and gilt, panelled gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers printed with blossom design in apple green. Gilt a little dull on spine, but a nice copy.

The second binding, the first having bevelled boards, but being otherwise the same. Wolff, 6148, listing this issue. Seventeen interviews - with W.S. Gilbert, Sir Frederick Leighton, H. Rider Haggard, F.C. Burnand, Henry Irving, Ellen Terry, George Augustus Sala, Harry Furniss, etc. - all copiously illustrated.

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ANTHOLOGY. In a Good Cause. A collection of Stories, Poems, and Illustrations. Wells Gardner, Darton, & Co., Paternoster Buildings, E.C., 1885. Double f'cap 8vo; sepia frontispiece by Ralph Caldecott, with tissue guard; numerous illustrations on text-paper; perforated stub of subscription slip tipped in before p.1; 44pp. integral commercial advertisements at end; bevelled Japanese vellum boards printed pictorially black, lettered red, on front cover and spine; a.e. red. Generally nice copy.

First issue, with the leaf of Patrons and Stall Holders uncancelled. The subscription slip, almost inevitably for an early copy, has been torn out and used. R.N. Green-Armytage's copy, with his ownership inscription on the front end-paper. Contributions include ‘Le Jardin des Tuileries' by Oscar Wilde; ‘African Moonshine' by Ralph Iron (i.e., Olive Schreiner); ‘A very Bad Quarter of an Hour' by F. Anstey (i.e., Thomas Anstey Guthrie); ‘Hunter Quatermain's Story' by H. Rider Haggard; ‘Seeker's for a City' by A. Lang, etc. There is a ms. alteration involving two words in the Olive Schreiner story on p.97. Mason, 62; Turner, B1.

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ANTHOLOGY. In a Good Cause. A collection of Stories, Poems, and Illustrations. Wells Gardner, Darton, & Co., Paternoster Buildings, E.C., 1885. Double f'cap 8vo; sepia frontispiece by Ralph Caldecott, with tissue guard; numerous illustrations on text-paper; 44pp. integral commercial advertisements at end; bevelled Japanese vellum boards printed pictorially black, lettered red, on front cover and spine; a.e. red. Boards worn at corners, and a little rubbed; end-papers foxed with slight off-setting; otherwise a nice copy.

First issue, with the leaf of Patrons and Stall Holders uncancelled. The subscription slip, almost inevitably for an early copy, has been torn out and used. From the library of Anne and F.G. Renier, with their small book-label on the front paste-down. Contributions include ‘Le Jardin des Tuileries' by Oscar Wilde; ‘African Moonshine' by Ralph Iron (i.e., Olive Schreiner); ‘A very Bad Quarter of an Hour' by F. Anstey (i.e., Thomas Anstey Guthrie); ‘Hunter Quatermain's Story' by H. Rider Haggard; ‘Seeker's for a City' by A. Lang, etc. Mason, 62; Turner, B1.

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ANTHOLOGY. Interviews: By Raymond Blathwayt. With portraits, And a Preface by Grant Allen. 1893, A.W. Hall, "Great Thoughts" Office, 28 to 32, Hutton Street, Fleet Street. Demy 8vo; frontispiece portrait of Blathwayt, and thirty-six other portraits (thirty of them full-page), all on text-paper and included in the pagination; final blank; pp.[356]; bright light blue buckram, ruled and blocked black and red, lettered black and red outlined black on front cover, blocked black, ruled and lettered black and gilt, on spine; end-papers coated pale yellow. Spine faded, and covers generally a litle rubbed and dusty; crease in margin of one leaf due to an original binding fault; otherwise a nice copy.

Thirty-two interviews with persons of note, including Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Grant Allen, Edward Bellamy, Walter Besant, General Booth, Hall Caine, Andrew Carnegie, Clark-Russell, Margaret Deland, Mrs. Maud Howe Elliott, Archdeacon Farrar, James Anthony Froude, Thomas Hardy (as the author of ‘Tess'), President Harrison, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Julia Ward Howe, W. Dean Howells, "John Strange Winter" (Mrs. Arthur Stannard), James Russell Lowell, W.T. Stead, Frank R. Stockton, Mark Twain, Frederic Villiers (the war artist), etc., each with a portrait, together with the author's reminiscences of Cardinal Manning, ‘The Story of Harper's Magazine', and a final chapter on ‘The Art of Interviewing'. "The Interviewer is now a Necessary Evil." - Grant Allen's Preface. This is possibly the first collected volume of such interviews, though a similar volume was published by Newnes in the same year. An apparently rare book, not noticed by Blanck - but also, more remarkably, not in Purdy.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Iris: A Literary and religious Offering. Edited by The Rev. Thomas Dale, M.A. Sampson Low, Lamb's-conduit Street; Hurst, Chance & Co., St. Paul's Church-yard, 1830. Cr.8vo; two binder's blanks at front and back; half-title not called for; steel engraved frontispiece, illustrated title-page, and nine plates with tissue guards, all printed on India paper and laid on; letterpress title-page; pp.[xii]+332; half purple morocco, ruled and tooled blind and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine, tooled blind on sides, purple fine morocco cloth sides, matching marbled edges and end-papers. Slight fading of spine; off-setting from frontispiece; a little light scattered foxing; otherwise, and in general, very nice.

The very scarce large paper issue of an uncommon annual, with India paper pulls of the plates. Faxon, 1451, recording only the ordinary pott 8vo issue. Literary contributors include Miss Jewsbury, Mary Howitt, S.C. Hall, Reginald Heber, Josiah Conder, William Howitt, Thomas Roscoe, Agnes [& Elizabeth] Strickland, James Montgomery, Thomas Pringle, Thomas H. Bayly, Alaric A. Watts, W. Jerdan, Mrs. Opie, Anna Maria Porter, Mrs. Godwin, etc. The plates are engraved by W. Humphries, A.W. Warren, T.S. Englehart, etc., after various old masters.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Juvenile forget me not. A Christmas and new year's gift, or Birthday present For the year 1829. Edited by Mrs. S.C. Hall. London: N. Hailes, Piccadilly; Fred. Westley and A.H. Davis, Stationers' Court; And R. Jennings, Poultry, N.D. [1829]. F'cap 8vo; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; steel-engraved presentation leaf with tissue guard precedes frontispiece; title-page with wood-engraved vignette, and other wood-engravings in the text; five fine steel-engraved plates after R. Corbould, Harvey, Landseer, etc., some with tissue guards; last page publisher's advertisements; pp.x+239+[i]; publisher's quarter dark maroon roan blocked and lettered gilt on spine, glazed cream boards; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow; binder's ticket of ‘F. Westley, Binder, Friar Street, Near Doctors Commons' on back paste-down. Roan chipped a little at head of spine; neat ownership inscription on upper margin of title-page; otherwise a very nice copy.

Contributors include Miss M.J. Jewsbury, Agnes Strickland, Allan Cunningham, Mrs. Hemans, Richard and Mary Howitt, Mrs. Hannah More, Charles Swain, Mrs. S.C. and W.S. Hall, Mrs. Hofland, James Montgomery, Miss Mitford, John Clare, Miss Webb, Mrs. Opie, etc. Faxon, 1461, listing the wood-engravings with the plates: the second annual volume of this title. The plates are not listed with page numbers, but are here bound in to face pp.19, 49, 91, 145, and 193.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Juvenile forget me not. A Christmas and new year's gift, or Birthday present For the year 1830. Edited by Mrs. S.C. Hall. London: N. Hailes, Piccadilly; Frederick Westley and A.H. Davis, Stationers' Court; And R. Jennings, Cheapside, N.D. [1830]. F'cap 8vo; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; steel-engraved presentation leaf precedes frontispiece; title-page with wood-engraved vignette; eight fine steel-engraved plates after R. Corbould, Harvey, Hobday, D. M‘Clise, etc., all with tissue guards; wood-engraved tail-piece; 3pp. publisher's integral advertisements at end; publisher's quarter dark maroon roan blocked and lettered gilt on spine, glazed cream boards; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow; binder's ticket of ‘F. Westley, Binder, Friar Street, Near Doctors Commons' on back paste-down. Roan chipped a little at head of spine; otherwise a very nice copy.

Contributors include Allan Cunningham, James Montgomery, the late Mrs. Barbauld, Mary and Richard Howitt, Miss Mitford, Miss Jewsbury, Charles Swain, Delta (i.e., D.M. Moir), [Mary Stockdale], Bernard Barton, the Ettrick Shepherd (i.e. James Hogg), Archdeacon Wrangham, Miss Agnes Strickland, Mrs. Hofland, Mrs. Opie, Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Hall, etc. Faxon, 1462: the third annual volume of this title; not listed in Sadleir's Wrangham bibliography.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Juvenile forget me not. A Christmas and new year's gift, or Birthday present For the year 1831. Edited by Mrs. S.C. Hall. London: Frederick Westley and A.H. Davis, Stationers' Hall Court, N.D. [1830]. F'cap 8vo; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; steel-engraved presentation leaf precedes frontispiece with tissue guard; title-page with wood-engraved vignette; eight fine steel-engraved plates after R. Corbould, W. Boxall, C.R. Leslie, R. Westall, F.P. Stephanoff, W. Collins, etc., all with tissue guards; wood-engraved tail-piece; 4pp. publisher's advertisements at end, on text-paper, probably printed conjugate with the prelims., completing a full sheet; publisher's full black calf elaborately embossed blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow; binder's ticket of ‘F. Westley, Binder, Friar Street, Near Doctors Commons' on back paste-down. Calf chipped a little at head of spine, worn slightly over joints and at corners; a very little scattered foxing or light dusting internally; in general, nonetheless, a nice copy.

Contributors include Laman Blanchard, Allan Cunningham, James Montgomery, Miss Jewsbury, Bernard Barton, Miss Landon, the Ettrick Shepherd (i.e., James Hogg), Archdeacon Wrangham, Susannah Strickland, Mrs. J.C. Louden [sic], Mrs. Hofland, Anna Seward, Mrs. Opie, Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Hall, etc. Faxon, 1463: the fouth annual volume of this title; not listed in Sadleir's Wrangham bibliography.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Juvenile keepsake. MDCCCXXIX. Hurst, Chance, and Co., 1829. Sm.f'cap 8vo; pp.xii (paged xiv)+224; engraved and letterpress titles; six steel engraved plates; half diagonally fine ribbed red cloth, blocked blind, lettered gilt, on spine; pale yellow glazed boards printed in black; a.e.g.; pale yellow coated end-papers. Rebacked, with cloth corners, and new end-papers (original front end-paper bound in); slight foxing of plates and facing leaves; otherwise a very nice copy.

Faxon, 1472, calling for eight engravings, instead of the seven here present. Probably, therefore, lacking a frontispiece. The pagination appears to allow for a half-title page; the collation does not. Contributors include W. Roscoe, Mrs. Opie, Miss Aikin, Henry Stebbing, Agnes Strickland, Mrs. Hemans, T. Roscoe, Mrs. Hofland, Miss M.A. Porter, Emily Taylor, Leitch Ritchie, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Juvenile keepsake. MDCCCXXX. Edited by Thomas Roscoe. London: Hurst, Chance, and Co., 1830. Sm.f'cap 8vo; blank leaf precedes frontispiece; steel-engraved frontispiece and title-page precede letterpress title-page; six steel engraved plates, with tissue guards; yellow glazed boards printed in black on sides with letterpress and wood-engraved illustrations (that on the back board by Thurson after Courbold), unprinted applied spine; a.e.g.; pale yellow end-papers. Paper of spine a little worn, and design just slightly rubbed; one corner worn; plates foxed on margins; a little scattered light foxing or fingering elsewhere; in general, nonetheless, a nice copy.

Faxon, 1473, giving no details, and therefore presumably never having seen a copy. Contributors include Miss Anna Maria Porter, Mrs. Opie, Miss Emily Taylor, Richard Hill, Esq., James Montgomery, Madame de Genlis, J.R. Planché, W. Jerdan, Z.Z., Miss Mitford, W.S. Roscoe, Miss Landon, William Howitt, the Rev. Hobart Caunter, Miss J.E. Roscoe, Henry Stebbing, Mrs. Hofland, Miss Agnes Strickland, Leitch Ritchie, John Bowring, C. Redding, etc. Illustrators include Stephanoff, H. Corbould, and S. Prout.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Juvenile scrap-book. [Edited] By Mrs. Ellis. MDCCCXL. Fisher, Son, and Co., N.D. [1839]. Lge.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; steel engraved vignette title-page with thin paper guard precedes letterpress title; fifteen fine steel engraved plates, with thin paper guards; 2pp. integral advertisements, followed by inserted blank, at end; ripple grain rose madder cloth elaborately blocked blind and gilt on sides, ruled, lettered, and elaborately blocked, gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Some marginal foxing of plates; otherwise a nice copy.

According to the Preface Mrs. Ellis merely edited the volume. None of the contributions are signed, however, and it seems probable that most of them were in fact written by her. A typically sumptuous Fisher/Ellis volume. Faxon, 1478. The first year of the Annual under this title, and the first appearance of Mrs. Ellis as editor. Previously published, from 1836, as ‘Fisher's Juvenile Scrap-book'.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake For MDCCCXXIX. Edited by Frederic Mansel Reynolds. London: Published for the proprietor, by Hurst, Chance, & Co., 65, St. Paul's Churchyard, And R. Jennings, 2, Poultry, N.D. [1828]. Sm.Roy.8vo; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; steel engraved presentation leaf with thin paper guard, frontispiece and engraved title-page with thin paper guard precede letterpress title-page with two entry Errata, Note, and imprint ‘London: Printed by Thomas Davison, Whitefriars' on verso; sixteen plates, each with thin paper guard; pp.[viii]+360; full crimson watered silk, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g; crimson and white head and tail bands; end-papers glazed yellow. Silk worn through on edges of boards and over joints, but otherwise the binding sound and strong, and a fine copy.

Faxon, 1490, not recording this issue. One of a few special copies on fine and large paper, with proof pulls of the plates on India paper, laid on. Laura Antrim's copy, with her signature on the first thin paper guard, and with the small oval vellum/gilt armorial Antrim library bookplate on the front pastedown. Published, according to the engraved title, November 1828, the proof plates being "Printed by McQueen". Literary contributors include [Sir Walter Scott], Percy Bysshe Shelley, W. Wordsworth, F.M. Reynolds, [John and Michael Banim], [Mary Shelley], Thomas Moore, L.E.L., S.T. Coleridge, R. Southey, Mrs. Hemans, Theodore Hook, William Roscoe, Lord Normanby, J.G. Lockhart, etc., each represented for the most part by several contributions. Illustrators include Sir T. Lawrence, H. Corbould (2), R. Westall, J.M.W. Turner (2), E. Landseer (2), T. Stothard, Alfred Chalon, etc., engravers Chas. Heath, Wm. Finden, etc. According to the Preface, the "enormous sum of eleven thousand guineas" was expended on the plates. The second Annual volume of The Keepsake.

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ANTHOLOGY. [On engraved title:] The keepsake [(erased:) MDCCCXXIX.] Published Nov. 1828. for the Proprietor, by Hurst, Chance, & Co. St. Paul's Church Yard, And Robert Jennings, 2, Poultry. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; steel engraved presentation leaf, frontispiece, and engraved title-page with tissue guard, precede start of Preface; sixteen plates, with tissue guards; rebound in modern rexine, with new end-papers; a.e.g. Letterpress title lacking; otherwise nice.

Faxon, 1490. Literary contributors include [Sir Walter Scott], Percy Bysshe Shelley, W. Wordsworth, F.M. Reynolds (who edited the volume), [John and Michael Banim], [Mary Shelley], Thomas Moore, L.E.L., S.T. Coleridge, R. Southey, Mrs. Hemans, Theodore Hook, William Roscoe, Lord Normanby, J.G. Lockhart, etc., represented for the most part by several contributions. Illustrators include Sir T. Lawrence, H. Corbould (2), R. Westall, J.M.W. Turner (2), E. Landseer (2), T. Stothard, Alfred Chalon, etc., engravers Chas. Heath, Wm. Finden, etc. According to the Preface, the "enormous sum of eleven thousand guineas" was expended on the plates. The second Annual volume of The Keepsake.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake For MDCCCXXX. Edited by Frederic Mansel Reynolds. Published for the Proprietor, By Hurst, Chance, and Co., 65, St. Paul's Churchyard, And R. Jennings, 62, Cheapside, N.D. [1829]. Post 8vo; two binder's blanks, steel engraved presentation leaf, frontispiece, and engraved title-page, precede letterpress title-page; half-title not called for; fifteen steel-engraved plates; pp.[viii]+352; dark red watered silk, blocked gilt on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated light lemon. Some wear to cloth; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Faxon, 1491. The first sixty-five pages of the volume are taken up by ‘The House of Aspen: A Tragedy' by Sir Walter Scott. Other contributors include Mary Shelley, Edward Moxon, James Morier, Agnes Strickland, Lord Normanby, Theodore Hook, Charles Brinsley Sheridan, Lady Caroline Lamb, Lord Byron, S.T. Coleridge, W. Roscoe, the Banims, etc., etc. Illustrators include Sir T. Lawrence, Stothard, Turner, Corbould, S. Prout, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake For MDCCCXXXI. Edited by Frederic Mansel Reynolds. London: Published for the proprietor, By Hurst, Chance, and Co., 65, St. Paul's Churchyard, And Jennings and Chaplin, 62, Cheapside, N.D. [1830]. Roy.8vo; half-title not called for; steel engraved presentation leaf with thin paper guard, frontispiece and engraved title-page with thin paper guard precede letterpress title-page with imprint ‘London: Printed by Thomas Davison, Whitefriars' on verso; fifteen steel-engraved plates, with thin paper guards; pp.[viii]+320; publisher's half dark green morocco-faced sheep, crimson watered silk sides, spine with five raised bands, ruled gilt on sides, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers glazed light lemon; binder's ticket of ‘F. Westley, Friar Street, Near Doctors Commons' on back paste-down. Silk marked and defective; some unobtrusive peeling of leather on corners; a little very light foxing of plates; otherwise a fine copy.

Faxon, 1492, not recording this issue. One of a few special copies on fine and large paper, with proof pulls of the plates on India paper, laid on: but in fact a larger copy than the usual large paper issue, which is in full watered silk with a.e.g., like the trade edition. This copy may have been a special order, and may in fact be unique. The last Keepsake to be issued under this imprint. Literary contributors include Lady Blessington, Lord John Russell, L.E.L[andon]., Agnes Strickland, Theodore Hook, Charles Brinsley Sheridan, [T.H. Lister], [the Banims], [Morier], [Mary Shelley] (two stories and a poem), Mrs. Godwin, etc., etc. Illustrators include Turner (2), Corbould, S. Prout, Flaxman, Westall, Chalon, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake For MDCCCXXXI. Edited by Frederic Mansel Reynolds. London: Published for the proprietor, By Hurst, Chance, and Co., 65, St. Paul's Churchyard, And Jennings and Chaplin, 62, Cheapside, N.D. [1830]. Sm.Roy.8vo; half-title not called for; steel engraved presentation leaf with thin paper guard, frontispiece and engraved title-page with thin paper guard precede letterpress title-page with imprint ‘London: Printed by Thomas Davison, Whitefriars' on verso; fifteen steel-engraved plates, with thin paper guards; pp.[viii]+320; thin paper binder's blank at end; crimson watered silk, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; crimson head and tail bands; end-papers glazed light lemon. Some small rub-holes in silk over joints, and small snag on front board; a little very light foxing of plates; otherwise a fine copy.

Faxon, 1492, not recording this issue. One of a few special copies on fine and large paper, with proof pulls of the plates on India paper, laid on. Laura Antrim's copy, with her signature on the first thin paper guard, and with the small oval vellum/gilt armorial Antrim library bookplate on the front pastedown. The last Keepsake to be issued under this imprint. Literary contributors include Lady Blessington, Lord John Russell, L.E.L[andon]., Agnes Strickland, Theodore Hook, Charles Brinsley Sheridan, [T.H. Lister], [the Banims], [Morier], [Mary Shelley] (two stories and a poem), Mrs. Godwin, etc., etc. Illustrators include Turner (2), Corbould, S. Prout, Flaxman, Westall, Chalon, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake For MDCCCXXXI. Edited by Frederic Mansel Reynolds. London: Published for the proprietor, By Hurst, Chance, and Co., 65, St. Paul's Churchyard, And Jennings and Chaplin, 62, Cheapside, N.D. [1830]. Post 8vo; binder's blank, steel engraved presentation leaf, frontispiece, and engraved title-page, precede letterpress title-page; half-title not called for; fifteen steel-engraved plates, with tissue guards; pp.[viii]+320; early diagonally fine ribbed crimson binder's cloth lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Cloth of spine slightly faded, but a nice copy.

Faxon, 1492. The last Keepsake to be issued under this imprint. Literary contributors include Lady Blessington, Lord John Russell, L.E.L[andon]., Agnes Strickland, Theodore Hook, Charles Brinsley Sheridan, [T.H. Lister], [the Banims], [Morier], [Mary Shelley] (two stories and a poem), Mrs. Godwin, etc., etc. Illustrators include Turner (2), Corbould, S. Prout, Flaxman, Westall, Chalon, etc. Non apparently re-bound, but re-covered with new cloth at an early date in imitation of the original.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake For MDCCCXXXII. Edited by Frederic Mansel Reynolds. London: Published by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, N.D. [1831]. Sm.Roy.8vo; half-title not called for; steel engraved presentation leaf with thin paper guard, frontispiece and engraved title-page with thin paper guard, precede letterpress title-page with list of plates and printer's imprint of ‘Thomas Davison, Whitefriars', on verso; fourteen plates with thin paper guards; pp.iv+320; thin paper binder's blank at end; crimson watered silk, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; crimson and white head and tail bands; crimson silk marker; end-papers coated yellow; binder's ticket of F. Westley, Binder, Friar Street, Near Doctors Commons, on back paste-down. Some wear to silk over joints, but binding otherwise sound; slight foxing of some paper guards; otherwise a fine copy.

Faxon, 1493, not recording this issue. One of a few special copies on fine and large paper, with proof pulls of the plates on India paper, laid on. Laura Antrim's copy, with her signature on the first thin paper guard, and with the small oval vellum/gilt armorial Antrim library bookplate on the front pastedown. Literary contributors include [Mary Shelley], Mrs. Charles Gore, L.E.L., Miss Agnes Strickland, Sheridan Knowles, Theodore Hook, T.H. Lister, the Countess of Blesington, Lord John Russell, W. Jerdan, Sir Walter Scott, etc., etc. The first Keepsake to be issued under the Longman imprint. They appear to have taken unusual care with the plates, which were very fine this year - and in the present issue, where they are in proof state on India paper, they are exceptionally so. A note added to the engraved title declares: "Proofs printed by McQueen". Illustrators include Stothard, Corbould, A.E. Chalon, John Martin, C. Stanfield, J.M.W. Turner (2), S. Prout, R. Smirke, etc., engravers Heath, Rolls, Miller, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake For MDCCCXXXII. Edited by Frederic Mansel Reynolds. London: Published by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, N.D. [1831]. Lge.12mo in half sheets; half-title not called for; steel engraved presentation leaf, frontispiece and engraved title-page with tissue guard precede letterpress title-page; fourteen plates with tissue guards; pp.iv+320; binder's blank at front and back; crimson watered silk, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow; binder's ticket of F. Westley, Binder, Friar Street, Near Doctors Commons, on back paste-down. Backstrip very rubbed, and laid on; slight wear to cloth at corners and on lower-edges; internally a fine copy.

Literary contributors include [Mary Shelley], Mrs. Charles Gore, L.E.L., Miss Agnes Strickland, Sheridan Knowles, Theodore Hook, T.H. Lister, the Countess of Blesington, Lord John Russell, W. Jerdan, Sir Walter Scott, etc., etc. The plates are very fine. Illustrators include Stothard, Corbould, A.E. Chalon, John Martin, C. Stanfield, J.M.W. Turner (2), S. Prout, R. Smirke, etc., engravers Heath, Rolls, Miller, etc. Faxon, 1493.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake For MDCCCXXXIII. Edited by Frederic Mansel Reynolds. London: Published by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green and Longman; Paris: Rittner and Goupill; Frankfort: Charles Jügil, N.D. [1832]. Sm.Roy.8vo; half-title not called for; steel engraved presentation leaf with thin paper guard, frontispiece and engraved title-page with thin paper guard, precede letterpress title-page with imprint ‘London: Davison, Simmons, and Co., Whitefriars', on verso; fourteen plates with thin paper guards; pp.iv+308; thin paper binder's blank at end; crimson watered silk, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; crimson head and tail bands; end-papers glazed pale yellow. Two or three small rub-holes to silk over back-joint, and silk worn on lower-edge of back board; damp-stain to corner of back board, slightly affecting lower fore-corner of last few leaves, and more obviously of last plate; thin paper guard to title-page lacking; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Faxon, 1494, not recording this issue. One of a few special copies on fine and large paper, with proof pulls of the plates on India paper, laid on. Laura Antrim's copy, with her signature on the first thin paper guard, and with the small oval vellum/gilt armorial Antrim library bookplate on the front pastedown. Literary contributors include Mrs. Charles Gore, Leitch Ritchie, L.E.L., Colley Grattan, Agnes Strickland, Mary Shelley (as ‘The Author of Frankenstein'), The Countess of Blessington, James Morier (as ‘The Author of Hajji Baba'), etc., mostly represented by more than one contribution. Illustrators include C. Eastlake, H. Corbould, Flaxman, F.P. Stephanoff (3), R. Westall, A.E. Chalon, J.M.W. Turner (2), S. Prout, R. Smirke, etc., the engravers C. Heath, C. Rolls, etc. The plates are mostly very fine this year - and in the present issue, where they are in proof state on India paper, they are exceptionally so. A note added to the engraved title declares: "Proofs printed by McQueen".

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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake For 1833. Edited by Frederic Mansel Reynolds. Published by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, N.D. [1832]. Lge.12mo in half sheets; half-title not called for; steel engraved presentation leaf, frontispiece with tissue guard, and engraved title-page precede letterpress title-page; fourteen plates with tissue guards; binder's blank at end; vertically fine ribbed scarlet cloth, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Cloth frayed at head and tail of spines, and covers generally a little marked and dull; plates foxed, with offsetting onto adjacent leaves (one plate badly stained/embrowned on top margin, with some consequent marking of two leaves on either side); otherwise a nice copy.

Literary contributors include Mrs. Charles Gore, Leitch Ritchie, L.E.L., Colley Grattan, Agnes Strickland, Mary Shelley (as ‘The Author of Frankenstein'), The Countess of Blessington, James Morier (as ‘The Author of Hajji Baba'), etc., mostly represented by more than one contribution. Illustrators include C. Eastlake, H. Corbould, Flaxman, F.P. Stephanoff (3), R. Westall, A.E. Chalon, J.M.W. Turner (2), S. Prout, R. Smirke, etc., engravers C. Heath, C. Rolls, etc. Faxon, 1494.

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