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

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake For MDCCCXXXIV. Edited by Frederic Mansel Reynolds. London: Published by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman; Paris: Rittner and Goupil; Berlin: A. Asher, N.D. [1833]. 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 W. Wilcockson, Whitefriars.', on verso; three line Errata on verso of List of Plates; thirteen plates with thin paper guards; pp.[viii]+312; 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. Slight wear to silk over joints, and on corners and lower edges of boards; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Faxon, 1495, 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. Includes the plate to p.244, ‘The Two Barons', engraved by Heath after G. Cattermole, not called for in the List of Plates. It illustrates the story of that title by Leitch Ritchie. Other literary contributors include Mrs. Charles Gore; Sir Egerton Brydges, Bart.; [Mary Shelley]; L.E.L.; Sir Charles Hanbury Williams; Leitch Ritchie; Thomas Colley Grattan; The Hon. Mrs. Norton; Miss Agnes Strickland; The Countess of Blessington; Henry Lytton Bulwer, M.P.; Edward Fitzgerald; Sheridan Knowles; Sir Aubrey de Vere, Bart., etc., most of the above contributing more than once; illustrators H. Corbould, W. Boxall, T. Stothard, J.M.W. Turner (2), C. Stanfield, etc.; and engravers C. Heath, S. Mitan, J. Goodyear, R. Wallis, H. Miller, and C. Rolls. Faxon calls for seventeen plates, as here (including the presentation plate, frontispiece, and engraved title). Several of the plates are very fine - and in the present issue, where they are in proof state on India paper, they are exceptionally so.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake For MDCCCXXXIV. Edited by Frederic Mansel Reynolds. London: Published by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman; Paris: Rittner and Goupil; Berlin: A. Asher, N.D. [1833]. Lge.12mo, in half sheets; fine steel-engraved presentation leaf, frontispiece with tissue guard, and vignette title-page precede letterpress title-page; fourteen plates, with tissue guards; half-title not called for; three line Errata on verso of List of Plates; pp.[viii]+312; binder's blank at front and back; crimson watered silk, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers glazed yellow; binder's ticket of T. Westley, Friar Street, Near Doctors Commons, on front paste-down; in the original blind-stamped maroon roan dust-wrapper, folded over the boards at all edges, with four crimson silk ties (attached to the top and lower flaps of the dust-wrapper towards the gutters), the front and back panels with a conventional blind-stamped border, the spine left plain. Blank corner of frontispiece and engraved title damp-stained; light marking of end-papers due to offsetting from dust-wrapper; insignificant scarlet mottling of crimson cloth; otherwise a brilliantly fine copy in the very rare dust-wrapper: this slightly faded on spine, and rubbed a little at edges; lacking one tie; and showing slight damage on the inner folds, where the flaps have at some point been tipped to each other with paste instead of being tied; otherwise sound, and in general nice.

Apart from a paper dust-wrapper on the ‘Keepsake' of the previous year known from a single copy once in the collection of John Carter but lost in 1952 this is the earliest recorded example of a publisher's dust-wrapper on any English book. The present copy is not however unique: a further two copies have been recorded by us over the years. One passed through Christies in a tea-chest in the late 1970s (which may have been this one given that we bought it a few years later from Roger Elliot - a man who at that time purchased large lots at London auction houses). The other was reported elsewhere by Martin Stone. It seems unlikely therefore that it was other than a commercial production - and in any case a purchaser of the book when new who went to the expense of having it made to order by a binder would surely at least have had the title added to the spine. That the dust-wrapper is coeval with the book is made clear by the fact of the cloth still being more or less uniformly crimson. The dye used was very photosensitive and brightens very rapidly to scarlet on exposure to the light. The dust-wrapper in our view was intended as a form of gift-wrapping by the publisher. Including the plate to p.244 ‘The Two Barons' engraved by Heath after G. Cattermole not called for in the List of Plates and not always present in the volume. It illustrates the story of that title by Leitch Ritchie. Other literary contributors include Mrs. Charles Gore; Sir Egerton Brydges Bart.; [Mary Shelley]; L.E.L.; Sir Charles Hanbury Williams; Leitch Ritchie; Thomas Colley Grattan; The Hon. Mrs. Norton; Miss Agnes Strickland; The Countess of Blessington; Henry Lytton Bulwer M.P.; Edward Fitzgerald; Sheridan Knowles; Sir Aubrey de Vere Bart. etc. most of the above contributing more than once; illustrators H. Corbould W. Boxall T. Stothard J.M.W. Turner (2) C. Stanfield etc.; and engravers C. Heath S. Mitan J. Goodyear R. Wallis H. Miller and C. Rolls. Faxon 1495 calling for seventeen plates as here (including the presentation plate frontispiece and engraved title).

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake For MDCCCXXXIV. Edited by Frederic Mansel Reynolds. London: Published by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman; Paris: Rittner and Goupil; Berlin: A. Asher, N.D. [1833]. Lge.12mo, in half sheets; fine steel-engraved presentation leaf, frontispiece with tissue guard, and vignette title-page precede letterpress title-page; fourteen plates, with tissue guards; half-title not called for; three line Errata on verso of List of Plates; pp.[viii]+312; binder's blank at front and back; crimson watered silk, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers glazed yellow; binder's ticket of T. Westley, Friar Street, Near Doctors Commons, on front paste-down. Crimson cloth uniformly brightened as usual, and worn over joints and at head and tail of spine; extensive light foxing of some plates; otherwise a very nice copy.

Including the plate to p.244, ‘The Two Barons', engraved by Heath after G. Cattermole, not called for in the List of Plates and not always included in the volume. It illustrates the story of that title by Leitch Ritchie. Other literary contributors include Mrs. Charles Gore; Sir Egerton Brydges, Bart.; [Mary Shelley]; L.E.L.; Sir Charles Hanbury Williams; Thomas Colley Grattan; The Hon. Mrs. Norton; Miss Agnes Strickland; The Countess of Blessington; Henry Lytton Bulwer, M.P.; Edward Fitzgerald; Sheridan Knowles; Sir Aubrey de Vere, Bart., etc., most of the above contributing more than once; illustrators H. Corbould, W. Boxall, T. Stothard, J.M.W. Turner (2), C. Stanfield, etc.; and engravers C. Heath, S. Mitan, J. Goodyear, R. Wallis, H. Miller, and C. Rolls. Faxon, 1495, calling for seventeen plates as here (including the presentation plate, frontispiece, and engraved title).

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake For MDCCCXXXV. Edited by Frederic Mansel Reynolds. London: Published by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman; Paris: Rittner and Goupil; Berlin: A. Asher, N.D. [1834]. 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 William Wilcockson, Whitefriars.', on verso; fourteen plates with thin paper guards; pp.[viii]+296; 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 yellow. Slight wear to silk over joints, and on corners and lower edges of boards; otherwise a very nice copy.

Faxon, 1496, 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; [Mary Shelley]; The Hon. Mrs. Norton; Miss Agnes Strickland; The Countess of Blessington; Edward Fitzgerald; Sir Aubrey de Vere, Bart., Mrs. Abdy, Henry Bentinck, Mrs. S.C. Hall, etc., many of the above contributing more than once; illustrators H. Corbould, Sir Thos. Lawrence, W. Boxall, E.T. Parris, F.P. Stephanoff, A.E. Chalon, G. Cattermole, T. Stothard, etc.; and engravers C. Heath, J. Goodyear, and C. Rolls. Several of the plates are very fine - and in the present issue, where they are in proof state on India paper, they are exceptionally so.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake For MDCCCXXXVI. Edited by The Honorable Mrs. Norton. London: Published by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman; Paris: Rittner and Goupil; Berlin: A. Asher, N.D. [1835]. Sm.Roy.8vo; half-title not called for; thin paper binder's blank at front and back; frontispiece and engraved title-page with thin paper guard, precede letterpress title-page with imprint ‘London: Printed by William Wilcockson, Whitefriars.', on verso; seventeen plates with thin paper guards; pp.[iv]+324; crimson watered silk, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; crimson and white head and tail bands; end-papers coated yellow. Some wear to silk over joints, on spine, and on corners and lower edges of boards; otherwise a very nice copy.

Faxon, 1497, 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 binder's blank, and with the small oval vellum/gilt armorial Antrim library bookplate on the front pastedown. Literary contributors include Mary Boyle; G.P.R. James; [Captain Marryat]; Samuel Rogers; L.E.L[andon].; R.B. Sheridan; The Hon. Mrs. Norton; Captain Chamier; Thomas Moore; Leitch Ritchie, etc., many of the above contributing more than once; illustrators E.T. Parris, F.P. Stephanoff (2), A.E. Chalon, G. Cattermole, T. Stothard, J.M.W. Turner (3), etc.; and engravers C. Heath, J. Goodyear, J. Thomson, and C. Rolls, etc. Several of the plates are very fine - and in the present issue, where they are in proof state on India paper, they are exceptionally so.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake For MDCCCXXXVI. Edited by The Honorable Mrs. Norton. London: Published by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman; Paris: Rittner and Goupil; Berlin: A. Asher, N.D. [1835]. Lge.12mo in half sheets; half-title not called for; binder's blank at front and back; frontispiece and engraved title-page with thin paper guard, precede letterpress title-page with imprint ‘London: Printed by William Wilcockson, Whitefriars.', on verso; seventeen plates with thin paper guards; pp.[iv]+324; crimson watered silk, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Some wear to silk over joints, on spine, and on corners; extensive light foxing of some plates; otherwise a very nice copy.

Literary contributors include Mary Boyle; G.P.R. James; [Captain Marryat]; Samuel Rogers; L.E.L[andon].; R.B. Sheridan; The Hon. Mrs. Norton; Captain Chamier; Thomas Moore; Leitch Ritchie, etc., many of the above contributing more than once; illustrators E.T. Parris, F.P. Stephanoff (2), A.E. Chalon, G. Cattermole, T. Stothard, J.M.W. Turner (3), etc.; and engravers C. Heath, J. Goodyear, J. Thomson, and C. Rolls, etc. Several of the plates are very fine. Faxon, 1497.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake For MDCCCXXXVIII. London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans; Paris: Delloy and Co., N.D. [1837]. Super roy.8vo; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; steel-engraved frontispiece, and eleven plates, with tissue guards; engraved and letterpress titles; pp.[viii]+272; flesh-pink morocco grain silk, ruled blind and very elaborately embossed blind on sides with a frame and central pictorial vignette; spine lettered and elaborately blocked, gilt; a.e.g.; end-papers glazed yellow. Very slight marking of covers, and gilt on spine a little dull; vignette title foxed and a little greyed, three other plates insignificantly so; otherwise a nice copy.

Faxon, 1499. The eleventh annual volume, though designated ‘New Series' on the engraved title, and the first in this format. All contributions are anonymous. "The Proprietor having ascertained that a belief exists that the articles for the Keepsake have occasionally been selected less in relation to their intrinsic merits, than to the names of their authors, has determined to escape the imputation, by publishing the work anonymously. If this mode obtain the public approbation, it will be continued: but, if otherwise, he trusts that he will be considered justified in reverting to his former plan. It must not however be supposed that this statement is intended to imply that the Keepsake has entirely divided itself from its old connections. On the contrary, nearly all the most eminent of its former contributors still devote their talents to its pages: but several new writers of equal celebrity, have been employed." - proprietor's Advertisement. It was not a success. The next year saw the return of named contributors. Many of the pieces have a Greek or Turkish theme.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake For MDCCCXXXVIII. London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans; Paris: Delloy and Co., N.D. [1837]. Super roy.8vo; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; steel-engraved frontispiece, and eleven plates with tissue guards; engraved and letterpress titles; pp.[viii]+272; flesh-pink morocco grain silk, ruled blind and very elaborately embossed blind on sides with a frame and central pictorial vignette; spine lettered and elaborately blocked, gilt; a.e.g.; end-papers glazed yellow. Very slight marking of covers, and spine a little faded; frontispiece and vignette title foxed, other plates insignificantly so; otherwise a nice copy.

Faxon, 1499. The eleventh annual volume, though designated ‘New Series' on the engraved title, and the first in this format. All contributions are anonymous. "The Proprietor having ascertained that a belief exists that the articles for the Keepsake have occasionally been selected less in relation to their intrinsic merits, than to the names of their authors, has determined to escape the imputation, by publishing the work anonymously. If this mode obtain the public approbation, it will be continued: but, if otherwise, he trusts that he will be considered justified in reverting to his former plan. It must not however be supposed that this statement is intended to imply that the Keepsake has entirely divided itself from its old connections. On the contrary, nearly all the most eminent of its former contributors still devote their talents to its pages: but several new writers of equal celebrity, have been employed." - proprietor's Advertisement. It was not a success. The next year saw the return of named contributors. Many of the pieces have a Greek or Turkish theme.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake. Edited by Frederic Mansel Reynolds. Published by Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, N.D. [1839]. Super roy.8vo; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; steel engraved frontispiece and eleven plates, with tissue guards; engraved and letterpress titles; publisher's full red morocco, tooled gilt on sides, gilt and blind on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. A nice copy.

Faxon, 1500. The twelfth annual volume of The Keepsake. The date appears only on the spine. Contributors include Lord John Manners, Mrs. Shelley (both as herself and, twice, as ‘The Author of Frankenstein'), Miss Camilla Nugent, The Countess of Blessington, G.P.R. James, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake [For MDCCCXL.] Edited by The Lady E. Stuart Wortley. London: Published by Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, N.D. [1840]. Super roy.8vo; half-title not called for; engraved and letterpress titles; frontispiece and eleven superbly fine steel engraved plates, all with tissue guards; pp.[viii]+264; full moiré crimson silk, ruled blind on sides and spine, blocked blind on back cover, gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers glazed pale yellow. Silk of front joints splitting, and top inch chipped from backstrip; some foxing of plates; otherwise a fine copy internally.

Faxon, 1501, giving an incorrect collation since his copy evidently lacked a leaf of the prelims. Faxon also on this occasion fails to include the engraved title in the total that he gives for plates - apparently because it is not included on the printed List of Plates. The present copy is also, however a variant later state, the date having been erased by the publisher from the printed title-page before issue (though it still appears, minutely, on the engraved title-page and the plates). That this was done by the publisher is made clear by the fact that the date has been omitted also from the spine blocking. The reason for this secondary issue is probably that publication of the volume was delayed so that it missed the market. ‘The Keepsake' volumes were normally published in the Autumn of the year preceding the date in their titles: but if the dating of the plates in the present volume is to be believed it could not have appeared until at least January 1840. The thirteenth annual volume of The Keepsake. Contributors include The Countess of Blessington, Lord John Manners, Miss Camilla Toulmin, The Hon. Mrs. Norton, R.M. Milnes, Mrs. Abdy, Lord William Lennox, the Editor, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake For MDCCCXLI. Edited by The Countess of Blessington. London: Published by Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, N.D. [1840]. Super roy.8vo; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; engraved and letterpress titles; frontispiece and thirteen superbly fine steel engraved plates, all with tissue guards; pp.[viii]+272; full moiré crimson silk, ruled blind on sides and spine, blocked blind on back cover, gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers glazed pale yellow. Silk of front joints splitting, and backstrip lightly tipped on at edges; slight foxing of some plates, mainly affecting the blank versos; otherwise a fine copy internally.

Faxon, 1502. The fourteenth annual volume of The Keepsake. Contributors include William Harrison Ainsworth, The Marquis Wellesley, Meadows Taylor, Sir Edward Lytton Bulwer, The Hon. Mrs. Erskine Norton, Barry Cornwall, Walter Savage Landor, R.M. Milnes, Mrs. Abdy, Lord William Lennox, the Editor, etc. The plate listed to face p.181 has here been bound in at the following opening.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake For MDCCCXLIV. Edited by The Countess of Blessington. Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, N.D. [1843]. Super roy.8vo; half-title not called for; engraved and letterpress titles; frontispiece and eleven superbly fine steel engraved plates; pp.[viii]+270; contemporary half plum calf, marbled boards, spine elaborately tooled gilt; sprinkled burnished edges. Calf on sides a little rubbed, and plates lightly foxed, but a nice copy.

Faxon, 1505. The seventeenth annual volume of The Keepsake. Contributors include Mrs. Abdy, Grace Aguilar, Barry Cornwall, Charles Dickens, Walter Savage Landor, Captain Marryat, H.M. Milnes, Charles Swain, the editor, the Baroness de Calabrella, Mrs. S.C. Hall, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake 1848. Edited by The Countess of Blessington. With beautifully finished engravings, From Drawings by the first artists, Engraved under the superintendence of Mr. Charles Heath. London: David Bogue, 86, Fleet Street. Appleton and Co., New York; H. Mandeville, Paris, N.D. [Christmas, 1847]. Super roy.8vo; frontispiece and eleven fine steel engraved plates; wood engraved half-title; wood-engraved border and vignette on title-page; other wood-engravings in text; pp.[viii]+280; red straight morocco cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked gilt on front cover and spine, blind on back cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow; binder's ticket of ‘Westleys & Clark, London' on back paste-down. Sympathetic restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine; front free end-paper lacking; slight dusting and marking passim, but a very good copy, nonetheless.



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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake 1849. Edited by The Countess of Blessington. With beautifully finished engravings, From Drawings by the first artists, Engraved under the superintendence of Mr. Charles Heath. London: David Bogue, 86 Fleet Street, 1849 [i.e., Christmas, 1848]. Super roy.8vo; frontispiece and eleven fine steel engraved plates, each with tissue guard; wood engraved vignette on half-title; pp.[viii]+[276]; pinkish red straight grain crushed morocco cloth, ruled, lettered, and very elaborately blocked gilt on front cover and spine, blind on back cover; a.e.g.; end-papers coated peach; binder's ticket of ‘Westleys & Co., London' on back paste-down. Slight wear to extreme head and tail of spine; extensive light foxing of plates; otherwise a very nice copy.

Faxon, 1511. The twenty-second annual volume of The Keepsake. Contributors include Mrs. Abdy, the editor, Sir E. Bulwer Lytton, Albert Smith, Lord William Lennox, R.M. Milnes, the late Miss Grace aguilar, W.M. Thackeray, Dr. Beattie, Mrs. W.P. O'Neill, Mrs. S.C. Hall, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake 1850. Edited by The late Countess of Blessington. With beautifully finished engravings, From Drawings by the first artists, Engraved under the superintendence of Mr. Frederick A. Heath. David Bogue, 86 Fleet Street, 1850 [i.e., 1849]. Super roy.8vo; frontispiece and eleven superbly fine steel engraved plates, each with tissue guard; wood engraved vignette on half-title; red straight grain morocco cloth, ruled, lettered, and very elaborately blocked gilt on front cover, blind on back cover, lettered, and very elaborately blocked, gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated deep yellow. A very nice copy.

A beautiful example of period book production, the steel engravings being among the finest ever produced. Faxon, 1512. The twenty-third annual volume of The Keepsake. Contributors include Mrs. Abdy, The Hon. Charles S. Savile, Barry Cornwall, Ellen Wood (a very early appearance, preceding her first volume by some ten years), the editor, the Baroness de Calabrella, Mrs. W.P. O'Neill, Mrs. S.C. Hall, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake 1852. Edited by Miss Power. With beautifully finished engravings, From Drawings by the first artists, Engraved under the superintendence of Mr. Frederick A. Heath. David Bogue, 86 Fleet Street, 1852. Super roy.8vo; steel-engraved frontispiece and eleven fine plates, some with tissue guards; wood-engraved vignette on half-title; light crimson morocco cloth, elaborately ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, blind on back cover; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Small, almost invisible, restoration to cloth at head of spine, slight wear to cloth at tail-band, and three very small holes in cloth over front joint; a very little scattered foxing internally, mostly on margins of plates and facing leaves; in general efect a fine copy, nonetheless.

Contributors include Barry Cornwall, Albert Smith, Mrs. Abdy, Thomas Carlyle, Lord John Manners, Charles Dickens (a fifteen page story), R. Monckton Milnes, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake 1856. Edited by Miss Power. With beautifully finished engravings, From Drawings by the first artists, Engraved under the superintendence of Mr. Frederick A. Heath. David Bogue, 86 Fleet Street, 1856. Super roy.8vo; steel-engraved frontispiece and eleven fine plates with tissue guards; wood-engraved vignette on half-title; light crimson morocco cloth, elaborately ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, blind on back cover; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Covers worn; a very good copy only.

Contributors include Mrs. S.C. Hall, Robert Browning, Barry Cornwall, Mrs. Abdy, Albert Smith, Edmund H. Yates, Frank E. Smedley, A. Dumas fils, Mrs. Grenville Murray, Mrs. Ward, Philip James Bailey, etc. Faxon. 1519.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Keepsake 1856. Edited by Miss Power. With beautifully finished engravings, From Drawings by the first artists, Engraved under the superintendence of Mr. Frederick A. Heath. London: David Bogue, 86 Fleet Street; Bangs, Brother, and Co., New York; H. Mandeville, 15 rue Dauphine, Paris, 1856. Super roy.8vo; steel-engraved frontispiece and eleven fine plates with tissue guards; wood-engraved vignette on half-title; old rose straight grain morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, ruled blind on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow; crimson silk marker; binder's ticket of Leighton Son and Hodge on back pastedown. Rebacked, with most of original backstrip laid on; otherwise a nice copy.

Remainder binding, the spine lettered ‘THE / KEEPSAKE / (rule) / VOL. I.' [sic!]. It is in fact volume twenty-nine. The series ceased publication after the next annual volume - which was presumably also re-issued as VOL. II. of the present series - though the title was revived by Nelson, for a single issue, in 1861 (they had misappropriated it briefly, also, in 1848). Faxon, 1519. Contributors include Mrs. S.C. Hall, Robert Browning, Barry Cornwall, Mrs. Abdy, Albert Smith, Edmund H. Yates, Frank E. Smedley, A. Dumas fils, Mrs. Grenville Murray, Mrs. Ward, Philip James Bailey, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Keepsake Français, Ou Souvenir De littérature contemporaine. Orné de dix-huit gravures Anglaises. 1831. Deuxième Année. Paris, Chez Giraldon-Bovinet et Compie, Éditeurs et marchands d'estampes commissionairres, Galerie Vivienne, No.26; London, Whittaker Treacher and Comp. Ave Maria Lane, N.D. [1830]. Binder's blank at front and back; engraved presentation leaf, frontispiece with tissue guard, and engraved title-page precede letterpress title-page; fifteen superb steel-engraved plates after Turner, Clarkson Stanfield, Sir Thomas Lawrence, etc., all with tissue guards; 8pp. Whittaker, Treacher, and Co. catalogue at end; bright green moiré silk blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g., pale yellow coated end-papers. Corners worn, and silver-fish damage to blank portions of cloth covering spine, leaving the underlying paper and card intact whilst several large areas of cloth are lacking; some light foxing; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

Includes a 4pp. poem by Alexandre Dumas, as well as contributions by Nodier, Mme. de Stael (letters), Lamartine, Alfred de Musset, Mme. Cottin, Stendhal, Victor Hugo, Alfred de Vigny, Benjamin Constant, etc., etc. The Engllish issue.

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ANTHOLOGY. Literary agency. A.P. Watt, 2 Paternoster Square, London, E.C., N.D. [1891]. Cr.4to format, 20pp., sewn as a single gathering, and pasted into text-paper wrappers; fine woodcut illustrations on covers and in text; printed throughout in sepia; a.e. uncut. Generally nice. Scarce.

Printed on fine large paper, hand-made by Hodg- kinson & Co. An advertising brochure issued by the A.P. Watt Literary Agency. Includes letters written to the firm between 1882 and 1891 by a number of writers, including Grant Allen, Walter Besant, William Black, J. Comyns Carr, Wilkie Collins, F.W. Farrar, H. Rider Haggard (referring to "my novel ‘Jess'", and "my boys' book ‘The Frowning City'"), Bret Harte, Rudyard Kipling, the Earl of Lytton, George Mac Donald, David Christie Murray, Mrs. Oliphant, James Payn, W. Clark Russell, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. The literary souvenir; Or, Cabinet of poetry and romance. Edited by Alaric A. Watts. Printed for Hurst, Robinson and Co. 90, Cheapside, and 8, Pall-mall, 1825. 12mo, printed in half-sheets; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; letterpress and engraved title-pages; frontispiece and eight steel-engraved plates by Heath, Finden, and others, all with tissue guards; three leaves of facsimile signatures, likewise with guards; 2pp. inserted publisher's advertisements at end; pp.xii+394+[ii]; pink glazed boards printed in black; a.e.g.; pale green coated end-papers. Some wear to covers, otherwise a very nice copy.

Faxon, 1559. Faxon calls for thirteen engraved leaves, as against the fourteen here present. The first volume of The Literary Souvenir, one of the most successful of the Annuals. Includes contributions by L.E.L., Allan Cunningham, Mrs. Hemans, the editor, Montgomery, Mrs. Opie, the Rev. William Lisle Bowles, Southey, James Hogg, Thomas Campbell, Maturin, W.H. Ainsworth (contributing anonymously, as "the Author of ‘December Tales'"), Sir Walter Scott, etc., etc. Well printed by Bensley upon fine laid paper.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Literary souvenir; Or, Cabinet of poetry and romance. Edited by Alaric A. Watts. London: Printed for Hurst, Robinson, and Co. 5, Waterloo-place, Pall-mall; And A. Constable and Co. Edinburgh, 1826. 12mo, printed in half-sheets; binder's blank at front and back; pp.xvi+[410]+[vi]; half-title not called for; frontispiece; engraved and letterpress titles; eight steel engraved plates, and two leaves of facsimile signatures; Postscript, including erratum, and 5pp. integral advertisements at end; publisher's very dark brown morocco, embossed with elaborate arabesque design in blind on sides and spine, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Covers worn; otherwise a nice copy.

Faxon, 1560. The later state, with the corrected reading ‘quaffed' instead of ‘fraught' at the end of the poem on p.47. In this copy, however, pp.19-20 appear before p.17, having been laid out wrongly in the forme; p.141 is misnumbered 411, and p.391, 39. These errata are not noticed in the Postscript. The two leaves of facsimiles have been bound in one leaf early. The volume was published late due to the publisher's financial difficulties consequent upon the commercial crash of the Winter 1825-6 (they had speculated in hops), but is still said to have achieved a sale greater than that of the preceding volume. Contributors include the editor, Mrs. Hemans, the Rev. W.L. Bowles, James Montgomery, Miss L.E. Landon, Bernard Barton, James Hogg, the Rev. C.R. Maturin, John Galt, Allan Cunningham, John Clare, Mrs. Mary Howitt, Thomas Campbell, Robert Southey, R.B. Sheridan (‘Stanzas for Music', here first published), the Rev. H.H. Milman, Miss Mary Russell Mitford, S.T. Coleridge, etc., many of the above being represented by more than one contribution.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Literary souvenir; Or, Cabinet of poetry and romance. Edited by Alaric A. Watts. London: Printed for Hurst, Robinson, and Co. 5, Waterloo-place, Pall-mall; And A. Constable and Co. Edinburgh, 1826. 12mo, printed in half-sheets; frontispiece; letterpress title; seven steel engraved plates; Postscript, including erratum, and 5pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[ix]-xvi+[410]+[vi]; binder's full green silk, blocked blind and gilt on sides, leather spine label blocked and lettered gilt; a.e.g.; end-papers faced. Early rebacked with cloth; early inscription on back of frontispiece; lacking one plate, the engraved title and two leaves of facsimiles, and four leaves of prelims. (Editor's introduction and list of plates); otherwise in general a nice copy. As a working copy.

Faxon, 1560. The later state, with the corrected reading ‘quaffed' instead of ‘fraught' at the end of the poem on p.47. In this copy, however, p.141 is misnumbered 411, but p.391, correctly numbered instead of being mis-numbered 39, as in some copies. These errata are not noticed in the Postscript. The volume was published late due to the publisher's financial difficulties consequent upon the commercial crash of the Winter 1825-6 (they had speculated in hops), but is still said to have achieved a sale greater than that of the preceding volume. Contributors include the editor, Mrs. Hemans, the Rev. W.L. Bowles, James Montgomery, Miss L.E. Landon, Bernard Barton, James Hogg, the Rev. C.R. Maturin, John Galt, Allan Cunningham, John Clare, Mrs. Mary Howitt, Thomas Campbell, Robert Southey, R.B. Sheridan (‘Stanzas for Music', here first published), the Rev. H.H. Milman, Miss Mary Russell Mitford, S.T. Coleridge, etc., many of the above being represented by more than one contribution.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Literary souvenir; Or, Cabinet of poetry and romance. Edited by Alaric A. Watts. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, & Green; And John Andrews, 1827. 12mo, printed in half sheets; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; steel engraved frontispiece, and engraved title-page with tissue guard, letterpress title-page with tissue guard; ten steel engraved plates, with tissue guards; 6pp. integral advertisement at end; pale green glazed boards, printed in black; a.e.g.; pale green end-papers. Back board lacking, front board neatly re-attached with thread; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Published late due to the failure of the previous publishers, Hurst, Robinson, and Co., after the commercial crash of the Winter 1825-6 (they had speculated in hops) and the death of Robinson, and apparently in consequence printed short. Faxon, 1561. The third annual volume. Literary contributors include [Washington Irving], Thomas Hood, Mrs. Hemans, Allan Cunningham, W. Lisle Bowles, S.T. Coleridge, John Wilson, L.E.L[andon]., William Sotheby, the editor, James Montgomery, Barry Cornwall, Praed, Southey, Mary Howitt, John Galt, Horace Smith, Thomas Campbell, Miss M.R, Mitford, William Roscoe, H.K. White, the late Lord Byron, James Hogg, William Howitt, Anna Maria Porter, Jane Porter, Mrs. Gore, Nathan Drake, etc., all of the work being here first published, and several of the above authors being represented more than once; illustrators include Turner, and John Martin, the plate by the latter, engraved by Finden, being especially fine.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Literary souvenir; Or, Cabinet of poetry and romance. Edited by Alaric A. Watts. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, & Green, 1828. 12mo, printed in half-sheets; frontispiece; engraved and letterpress titles; ten plates; wood-engraved head and tail pieces; old half red morocco, marbled sides; a.e.g. One plate lacking; in general a good copy.

Faxon, 1562, counting the wood-engraved vignettes as plates. Later state, with the added note regarding Coleridge's ‘Youth and Age' at the foot of p.xvi. Contributors include S.T. Coleridge, L.E.L., Mrs. Hemans, James Montgomery, Bernard Barton, Barry Cornwall, the Rev. W. Lisle Bowles, William Maginn ('The City of the Demons'), the editor, Miss Mitford, Thomas Hood, Allan Cunningham, Robert Southey, Mrs. Charles Gore, John Clare, Mary Howitt, Lord John Russell, etc., many of the above being represented by more than one contribution.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Literary souvenir. Edited by Alaric A. Watts. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, 1829. 12mo, printed in half-sheets; binder's blank at front and back; pp.[iii]-xviii+362+10; half-title allowed for in the pagination, but not called for by the collation, the prelims. being made up from one half-sheet, followed by a conjugate pair of leaves; steel engraved frontispiece, and eleven plates with tissue guards; 10pp. integral publisher's and other advertisements at end; publisher's ruby morocco, embossed with elaborate arabesque design in blind on sides and spine, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Minor wear to covers; otherwise a fine copy.

Faxon, 1563. Contributors include the editor, Mrs. Hemans, Barry Cornwall, Bulwer Lytton (anonymously), Miss Mitford, William Maginn, S.T. Coleridge, etc. Among the minor contributions is a short Egyptian/science fiction story, ‘The Grotto of Akteleg', by the Author of "The Mummy: a tale of the twenty-second century" (i.e. Jane C. Loudon).

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ANTHOLOGY. The Literary souvenir. Edited by Alaric A. Watts. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, 1831. 12mo, printed in half-sheets; binder's blank at front and back; pp.[ii]+[xiv]+346+16; integral advertisement leaf before half-title; steel engraved frontispiece, and eleven plates with tissue guards; 16pp. integral publisher's and other advertisements at end; publisher's black morocco, embossed with elaborate arabesque design in blind on sides and spine, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Head- and tail- bands slightly chipped, and leather cracked at joints; internally a fine copy.

Faxon, 1565. Contributors include the editor, Mary Howitt, J.G. Whittier, Miss Landon, G.P.R. James (anonymously), Laman Blanchard, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Literary souvenir. Edited by Alaric A. Watts. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, 1832 [i.e., Autumn 1831]. Lge.cr.8vo; advertisement leaf precedes frontispiece; half-title not called for; steel engraved frontispiece, and eleven plates, printed on India paper and laid on, all with tissue guards; glazed white boards, red leather spine label ruled and lettered gilt; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers glazed lemon. Spine chipped at head; a near-fine copy internally.

Faxon, 1566, recording a small paper copy collating pp.xvi+340, with a leaf size of five and three quarter inches by three and three quarter inches; and a large paper copy measuring seven and a half inches by four and three quarter inches (no collation given). The present copy, with fine India proof impressions of the plates, collates pp.xvi+344, and has a leaf size of eight inches by five and one eighth inches. Faxon's collation is presumably erroneous. The Preface is dated October 1, 1831. Contributors include Leitch Ritchie, the editor, J.S. Knowles, Victor Hugo (in translation), Mary and William Howitt, Mrs. Charles Gore, Sir Aubrey de Vere, Miss Mitford, etc.; illustrators include Stothard, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Turner, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Literary souvenir And Cabinet of Modern Art. Edited by Alaric A. Watts. New Series. London: Published for the proprietor, By Whittaker and Co. Ave-Maria Lane, 1835. Lge.cr.8vo; binder's blank at front and back; steel-engraved frontispiece and vignette title-page with tissue guard precede letterpress title; half-title apparently not called for; twenty-three steel-engraved plates, most with tissue guards; pp.xiv+224; publisher's full black roan ruled blind, ruled and blocked gilt on sides, ruled blocked and lettered gilt on spine, gilt tooled edges and inner dentelles; a.e.g.; yellow coated end-papers. Slight peeling of leather on front board; scattered foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

Faxon, 1569. The final volume of ‘The Literary Souvenir', subsequent issues taking the sub-title. Though the second leaf is signed ‘A3' and the first gathering contains only seven leaves, the book appears to have been so issued, the List of Illustrations, ‘[A7]' being a singleton. According to the editor's Preface, the volume appeared late because of problems with the illustrations, which makes this appear the more probable. Contributors include the editor, Mary Howitt, Miss E.L. Montagu, [Gerald Griffin], Mrs. Charles Gore, Sir Aubrey de Vere, Miss L.E. Landon, etc.; illustrators include Stothard, W. Collins, R.A., Sir Thomas Lawrence, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Mrs. Barbauld And her contemporaries; Sketches of some Eminent literary and scientific Englishwomen. By Jerom Murch, President of the Bath Literary and Philosophical Association. Longmans, Green and Co., 1877. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.176; diagonally fine ribbed green cloth, ruled and blocked gilt on sides, ruled gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and up spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated black. Slight wear to head and tail of spine; half-tone portrait of Mrs. Barbauld tipped onto verso of front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy.

Printed in Bath. Memoirs or notices of Miss Jane Austen, Mrs. Radcliffe, Miss Mitford, Mrs. Trimmer, Miss Jane Porter, Mrs. Elizabeth Montagu, Mrs. Piozzi, Mrs. Barbauld, Miss Edgeworth, Lady Morgan, Madame d'Arblay, Miss Hannah More, Mrs. Marcet, Mrs. Joanna Baillie, Miss Berry, Mrs. Somerville, Miss Harriet Lee, Miss Caroline Herschel, and Lady Smith. The volume includes a number of letters from Hannah More, and one from Mrs. Piozzi, as well as some poems by Mrs. Barbauld, all of them being here first published.

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ANTHOLOGY. Movit Amphion lapides canendo. The New Amphion: Being the Book of The Edinburgh University Union Fancy Fair, in which Are contained sundry artistick, in- Structive, and diverting matters, all Now made publick for the first time. Edinburgh: Imprinted at the University Press By T. & A. Constable, Printers to Her Majesty the Queen, 1886. Roy.32mo in quarter sheets; printed throughout in red and black; woodcut device on title; sixteen plates; pp.xvi+240; pale green vellum ruled and elaborately blocked gilt on sides and spine after a seventeenth century model; green silk ties; a.e. stained red; end-papers coated cerise. Crudely rebacked with white paper, ties lacking, and vellum slightly chipped at edges of boards; a fine copy internally. Scarce.

Literary contributors include Robert Browning, John Stuart Blackie, Andrew Lang, Sir Noël Paton, Mrs. Oliphant, J.M. Barrie, George MacDonald, Richard Garnett, Walter Smith, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Illustrators include John Pettie, and William Hole. All the material is here first published. The volume is designed after a seventeenth century model, with use of the long s, c/t ligatures, rubricated margins, catchwords, etc. Apparently the first issue: McKay, ‘A Stevenson Library Catalogue', 829, records that copies such as this are believed to have been sold at the Fancy Fair and not through a bookseller. Copies are also known with a slip tipped on to the verso of the half-title bearing the legend ‘Published by David Douglas, Edinburgh'.

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ANTHOLOGY. New Juvenile scrap book; A Collection of most interesting Tales and narratives, For the Entertainment and Instruction of Young People. Edited by Mrs. Charles Cecil. With fine steel engravings. London: Published by Renshaw and Kirkman; And all booksellers, N.D. [c.1844]. F'cap 4to, printed throughout in double columns; half-title not called for; fine steel-engraved frontispiece by R. Corbould after X. Le Prince, and five plates, after Sir. W. Beechey, W. Mulready, W.C. Ross, A. Robertson, and C. Stanfield; wood-engraved vignette on title; pp.VIII (p.IV mispaged VI)+144; vertically fine-ribbed light slate-blue cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked gilt on front cover, ruled, lettered, and elaborately blocked gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Very slight wear to cloth at extreme head and tail of spine, and slight marking of front cover; a little scattered fingering and dusting, and some marginal foxing of the plates; considering the nature of the volume, nonetheless a very good copy.

An apparently scarce title, from a small publisher, not listed by either Faxon or Boyle, and not traceable in the British Library On-Line Catalogue, ‘The London Library Catalogue', ‘The English Catalogue of Books', or ‘The London Catalogue'. A fine caligraphic inscription on the front end-paper, dated ‘Septr. 28th 1844' provides a limiting latest date of issue. Literary contributors include Mrs. S.C. Hall, John Clare, Mrs. Opie, James Montgomery, Robert Southey, Washington Irving, etc. Among the numerous unsigned contributions is a description of a visit to an apparently ideal slave colony in the West Indies (written it may be by a West Indian proprietor). Irving's contribution is not recorded by Blanck.

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ANTHOLOGY. On the art Of Writing Fiction. Wells, Gardner Darton, & Co, London & Westminster, 1894. Blank before half-title; art nouveau title-page printed in red and black (signed ‘C.R.'); integral advertisement leaf at end; green crushed morocco cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, blocked and ruled gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. End-papers slightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Includes essays by W.E. Norris, Mrs. Parr, L.B. Walford, S. Baring-Gould, Maxwell Gray, Mrs. Molesworth, L.T. Meade, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Paris; Or the Book of the hundred-and-one. In three volumes. Whittaker, Treacher & Co., Ave Maria Lane, 1833. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-title present in each volume; pp.[xii]+[310]; [viii]+[316]; [viii]+[308]; Victorian red half morocco cloth, green and red oil-marbled boards, ruled blind, lettered, and with short rule, gilt, on spine, after a French style; sprinkled edges. Label removed from each front board, leaving fading; end-papers foxed; a very little scattered staining and light dusting, but a nice copy, nonetheless.

Translations from ‘Le Livre des Cent-et-Un' issued whilst it was still in course of publication in France. Includes translations of work by Jules Janin, Roch, Paul de Kock, A. Dumas, Bazin, Eugene Sue, Charles Nodier, Victor Ducange, Count de Peyronnet, etc. A scarce work not listed in Munro's bibliography of Dumas in English.

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ANTHOLOGY. Peter Parley's Forget-me-not; Or, Parting gift. Being Original tales for leisure hours. By Peter Parley, Mary Howitt, Miss Gaye, Etc., etc. Halifax: William Nicholson and Sons; London: S.D. Ewins Jr. & Co., 22. [sic] Paternoster Row, N.D. [c.1860]. Demy 16mo in half sheets; wood-engraved frontispiece; one double spread plate printed in blue; wood-engraved vignette on title; pp.[iv]+204; old rose sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked black on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, lettered old rose through gilt, blocked black, on spine; a.e. red; end-papers coated deep yellow. Covers a little dull; front end-paper lacking; some dusting and marking passim; a good copy only.

A mixture of prose and verse. Not in Faxon or the British Library Catalogue, though the latter lists three similar titles ('Peter Parley's Forget-me-not for the Young', 1858; ‘Peter Parley's Keepsake for the Young', [1845]; and ‘Peter Parley's New Keepsake', 1858) none of which have any over-lap in contents with the present volume.

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ANTHOLOGY. Pleasantries From the "Blue Box": Being a selection of papers "From grave to gay, from lively to severe" By Ye Brothers Blue Edited, with an introductory chapter on "Clubs: whimsical and literary," By W.H.K. Wright, F.R.Hist.Soc., Borough Librarian, Plymouth. London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, E.C.; Plymouth: W.F. Westcott, 14 Frankfort Street, 1891. Half-title not called for; List of Subscribers at end; pp.[4]+ii+[xviii]+292+2; blue buckram, ruled blind on sides and spine, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. Inscription on upper margin of title-page; a few leaves foxed at front and back; otherwise a fine copy.

Printed in Plymouth. Essays, poems, and short stories written under the pseudonyms ‘The Prior', ‘Friar Bacon', ‘Friar Locke', and ‘Friar Roger' by William Jacobson, Sir William Snow Harris, Kt., George Wightwick, and Thomas Duncan Newton between 1830 and about 1846, and here first published. Two hundred and twenty-eight copies were subscribed for.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Poets And the Poetry Of the Century: Charles Kingsley To James Thomson. Edited by Alfred H. Miles. Hutchinson & Co., 25, Paternoster Square, N.D. [1892]. F'cap 8vo; blank before half-title; title-page printed in red and black, fly-title in red; pp.[xx]+652; navy blue coarse buckram, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. End-papers foxed; reviewer's name and date written in ink on upper margin of title-page; otherwise a fine copy.

Review copy, with publisher's Compliments rubber stamp on half-title page, and the pencil note of the date of publication, ‘Oct 24 92' on the front paste-down. A variant issue, printed on smooth, slightly glossy paper, instead of laid paper as in the issue more usually seen; and in navy blue coarse buckram instead of olive green buckram: though lettered and blocked identically. Only 300 copies of this ‘fine paper' issue were printed. The fifth volume in the series, issued separately. Articles on thirty-four poets, followed by selections from their works. Among the contributors of the articles are Roden Noel, Mackenzie Bell, Hall Caine, James Ashcroft Noble, Richard Le Gallienne, W.B. Yeats (on William Allingham), Richard Garnett, Austin Dobson (on Frederick Locker-Lampson: this article not listed in Murray), etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Poets And the Poetry Of the Century: Robert Bridges And Contemporary Poets. Edited by Alfred H. Miles. Hutchinson & Co., 34, Paternoster Row, N.D. [1893]. F'cap 8vo; title-page printed in red and black, fly-title in red; 8pp. integral advertisements at end, the last being a single inset signed ‘46'; pp.[xxiv]+714+[viii]; olive green buckram, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Light marking of front cover, and faint vertical crease in spine; light foxing of title page; otherwise a nice copy.

The eighth volume in the series: issued separately. Articles on forty-three poets, followed by selections from their works, together with briefer notices of thirty-five more. Among the contributors of the articles are James Ashcroft Noble, Richard Le Gallienne, Richard Garnett, J. Addington Symonds, Coulson Kernahan, Cosmo Monkhouse, Lionel Johnson, Arthur Symons, Robert Bridges (on Gerard Manley Hopkins: the article being followed by eight unpublished poems - his first appearance in print), etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Pot Pourri Of Gifts Literary and Artistic Contributed as a souvenir of the grand masonic bazaar In aid of the annuity fund of Scottish masonic Benevolence, Edinburgh 1890. Edited by W. Grant Stevenson, A.R.S.A., R.W.M. of Lodge Dramatic and Arts, No.757. Printed for Lodge Dramatic and Arts, No.757, By Turnbull & Spears, Thistle Street, Edinburgh, 1890. Double cr.8vo; frontispiece on verso of half-title, and numerous illustrations on text-paper, some arranged as plates, but included in the pagination; one inserted plate; title-page printed in red and black, with cream tissue guard; quarter parchment, brown sand-grain cloth stamped with over-all vertically broad-banded coarse morocco design in blind, blocked and lettered gilt on cloth of front cover, blocked gilt on parchment of sides, blocked gilt within gilt ruled boxes, and lettered gilt, up spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers coated turquoise. Virtually fine.

The scarcer and more expensive hardcover issue, in which the cover design called for in the List of Illustrations was printed instead on the dust-wrapper (not here present). Contributors include Jerome K. Jerome, Annie S. Swan, W.H. Mallock, Sir Noel Paton, Graham R. Tomson [i.e., Rosamund Marriott Watson], Sarah Tytler, J.M. Barrie, W.E. Henley, etc., each contribution having a facsimile of its author's signature appended at the end of the text. In this copy Graham Tomson's middle initial is given as ‘K.' in the Contents, apparently from a misreading of her written ‘R'; p.53 is misnumbered ‘5'.

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ANTHOLOGY. Proceedings Of the Massachusetts Historical Society. 1855-1858. Selected from the records. Boston: Printed for the society, 1859. Med.8vo in half sheets; fine woodcut vignette on title, and other wood engraved illustrations in text; seven inserted plates, with tissue guards (in the main steel-engravings); half-title not called for; pp.[xii]+412; binder's blank at end; chocolate coloured bead-grain cloth, ruled, and blocked and lettered with publisher's device, blind on sides, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated milk-chocolate; binder's ticket of Lemon, Fields & Co., Cambridge [Mass.], on back pastedown. Very nice copy.

The development of the ice-trade, Governor Hutchinson's historical publications (including bibliographical notes), Extinction of Slavery in Massachusetts, Introduction of Cotton into the United States, Reminiscences of Braddock's Campaign, Records of Nova Scotia, Thomas Dowse, and the gift of the Dowse Library, etc. Includes two letters from Thomas Carlyle, and the first printing of a letter from Benjamin Franklin. There is no list of plates but they are bound in to face pp.7, 21, 115, 123, 287, 309, and 361.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Protestant Christian Keepsake. Edited By Charlotte Elizabeth. Second Edition [v. note]. London: Francis Baisler, 124, Oxford Street, N.D. [1840]. Lge.12mo; half-title not called for in this issue; steel-engraved frontispiece, and facing engraved leaf bearing large engraving by Finden after G. Cattermole, publisher's imprint and date ‘Decr.1st 1840', but no title, with tissue guard; eight steel-engraved plates, with tissue guards; cancel letterpress title-leaf tipped onto stubs of two excised leaves; pp.[iii]-[xii]+307+[i (blank)]; black fine diaper cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Slight foxing of plates, and one gathering a trifle proud, but not loose; otherwise a fine copy.

Faxon, 1691. First edition, second issue. The only appearance of this annual, originally published in December 1840 as ‘The Protestant Annual 1841', but re-titled when it did not sell, and provided with a cancel title-leaf, apparently in the hope of working off the sheets by achieving confusion with the more successful annual ‘The Christian Keepsake' - the latter (without the word ‘Protestant') being the title as given on the covers! This issue presumably dates from 1841, as suggested by Faxon. We have not otherwise come across this publisher. Includes work by Robert Montgomery, Charlotte Elizabeth [Tonna], etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Punch's snapdragons For Christmas. Illustrated with four engravings By Leech. Published at the Punch office, 194, Strand, 1845 [i.e., 1844]. F'cap 8vo; pp.[viii]+112; etched frontispiece and three plates; buff wrappers, cut flush, printed in pale blue-green on front and back, the back wrapper bearing publisher's advertisements; a.e.g. Wrappers a little marked and dusty; paper of spine a trifle chipped at tail; otherwise a nice copy.

A mixture of prose and verse contributed anonymously, but presumably by Mark Lemon, Douglas Jerrold, Albert Smith, G.A. a'Beckett, and the other usual ‘Punch' contributors of the time. The front cover bears the date 1844, which may be an issue point. The volume was published at the rather high price of half-a-crown. The frontispiece is given in the List of illustrations as at p.33.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Raven Club papers. Edited by Nathaniel Nutgall. First series. J.C. Hotten, 74 & 75, Piccadilly, 1871. Half-title not called for; pp.iv+372; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end; net grain blue cloth, ruled blind on back cover, black on front cover and spine, blocked black on front cover, lettered black and gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated pale cream. Nice copy.

Essays, poems, and fiction, all anonymous. A second edition was issued in the following year, but no second series was published.

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ANTHOLOGY. Readings From Humorous authors. Selected and arranged by John A. Jennings, M.A., Author of "Wayside Restings," "Liturgical Reading," &c., and Editor of "The Modern Elocutionist," "Readings from Charles Dickens," "Readings from Irish Authors," "Readings from American Authors," "Unto the Perfect Day," &c., &c. Dublin: Carson Brothers, 7 Grafton-street. London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co.; Hamilton, Adams, & Co., N.D. [1885]. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.255+[i (blank)]; 36pp. publisher's inserted advertisements at end, variously paginated (v. note); buttercup yellow glazed boards printed in red and black on sides, with title in red up spine, the back cover bearing publisher's advertisements; end-papers printed on all visible surfaces with publisher's advertisements in black (those at the front being for their sightseeing tours of Ireland!). Very slight wear to paper covering at head and tail of spine and over joints, but a very nice copy of a scarce book.

Issued simultaneously in boards, as here, at one shilling, or in ‘Cloth Gilt, 2s.' The editor's Preface, dated December, 1885 is here first published. A wide range of writers is represented in the volume including Overton, Dickens, Hood, Bret Harte, Sheridan, Frank Stockton, Lever, Will Carleton, Heber, James Russell Lowell, Douglas Jerrold, Samuel Lover, Frederick Locker, Artemus Ward, Charles Lamb, Mark Twain, James and Horace Smith, etc., many of them represented by several pieces. The terminal advertisements are in essence unpaginated, but the Contents leaves and some specimen leaves of Jennings' other compilations (the new and revised edition of "The Modern Elocutionist", his ‘condensed and adapted ' "Readings from the Works of Charles Dickens", and also his Irish and Temperance volumes) are reproduced, bearing the same numbers as they do in the volumes concerned. Not listed in Blanck under Clemens, Harte, or Lowell.

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ANTHOLOGY. Recreations Of the Rabelais club, 1882-1885. Printed for the members, N.D. [1885]. WITH: Recreations Of the Rabelais club 1885-1888. Printed for the members. For private circulation only, N.D. [c.1888]. 2 Vols., uniform, double f'cap 8vo; half-titles not called for; 1885 volume with final blank; 1888 volume with inserted leaf printed in dark red preceding title-page, and one illustration on text-paper; white buckram, ruled blind on back cover, gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover; a.e. uncut. A nice pair.

Each volume is limited to only one hundred numbered copies (the certificate of limitation in the earlier volume being signed by the three Hon. Secretaries: Walter Besant, S.G.C. Middlemore, and W.H. Pollock). Included in the two volumes are numerous accredited contributions by Walter Besant, Andrew Lang, C.S. Calverley (posthumous, but here first printed), George du Maurier, W.E. Henley, Oliver Wendell Holmes, etc., as well as a number of unsigned contributions. Among the other possible contributors, since they are included in the list of members, are Thomas Hardy, Henry James, George Meredith, E.A. Abbey, Henry Irving, David Hannay, F.W. Maitland, J.E. Millais, James Payn, George Saintsbury, George Augustus Sala, Lawrence Alma Tadema, H.D. Traill, Egerton Castle, Charles Halle, The Earl of Lytton, Edward Bellamy, Bret Harte, James Russell Lowell, and W. Dean Howells. Besant's contributions include a 23pp. parody of Robert Elsmere, in three books, entitled ‘Cherubin Elsmere. (Hundred and fifty-fourth edition.)', and a parody in verse of William Morris; Du Maurier's an illustration, with a slightly improper poem; Henley's a set of verses in cant, after the manner of Villon; Lang's a Ballad vilifying publishers. Other contributions include an addition to the Biblical Apocrypha, an pendant to Rabelais' works, a tale involving the corruption of a monk, and a lengthy horror story concerning the Devil. Not listed in the British Library Catalogue. Blanck 8991, listing the first volume only, as issued in vellum. The present copy does not have the errata slip noticed by Blanck, though the errata have there been corrected in ms. According to Holmes's letter in the earlier volume, a first volume had appeared late in 1881.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Savage-club papers. Edited by Andrew Halliday. Tinsley Brothers, 18 Catherine St. Strand, 1867. Lge.cr.8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece and title-page; letterpress title-page; eighteen plates, all inserted, and all but that to face p.49 included in the pagination; eleven illustrations on text-paper; pp.[xx (paginated to include the frontispiece, the engraved title, and the first plate)]+21-344 [including blank verso to last leaf of text and following plate so designated in the list of Illustrations]; bevelled yellow-green sand-grain cloth, elaborately ruled and blocked blind on back cover, blind and gilt on front cover, gilt on spine, lettered gilt, and yellow-green-through-gilt on front cover and spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated caramel. Almost invisible restorations to cloth of spine; endpapers unobtrusively strengthened at gutters with matching paper; otherwise a nice copy. A handsome book.

Literary contributors include J.R. Planché, James Hannay, Walter Thornbury, John Oxenford, Arthur Locker, H.J. Byron, E.L Blanchard, Tom Hood, Artemus Ward [Blanck, 1531], Clement W. Scott, W.S Gilbert (‘The Triumph of Vice' [Searle, p.88]), Henry S. Leigh, Arthur Sketchley (‘Mrs. Brown Backs the Favourite'), Arthur William á Beckett, W.B. Tegetmeier, etc.; illustrators include Doré (2), Harrison Weir, W.S. Gilbert (5), Du Maurier, and George Cruikshank. The first annual volume. Published in aid of charity. One of two variant bindings, the volume also being seen in an otherwise similar red cloth.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Savage-club papers For 1868. Edited by Andrew Halliday. London: Tinsley Brothers, 18 Catherine St. Strand, 1868. (All rights of translation and reproduction reserved.) Lge.cr.8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece engraved by the Dalziel Brothers after W. Brunton, and vignette title-page after Harry Rogers; letterpress title-page; nineteen plates after various artists (v. note); one illustration on text-paper; pp.[xii (paginated to include the engraved title, but not the frontispiece)+304; bevelled red sand-grain cloth, elaborately ruled and blocked blind on back cover, blind and gilt on front cover, gilt on spine, lettered gilt, and red-through-gilt on front cover and spine; a.e.g.; end-papers glazed black. Small mark on spine; otherwise a very nice copy. A handsome book.

The probable first issue: also known in green dot-and-line grain cloth, not bevelled, without the gilt blocking on the front cover, with different blocking on the spine, with plain edges, and the end-papers coated dark chocolate. Contributors include T.W Robertson, J.R. Planché, Walter Thornbury, the editor, John Oxenford, Arthur Locker, Westland Marston, Hain Friswell, G.M. Fenn, H.J. Byron, Edward Draper, George Grossmith, Dion Boucicault, Mortimer Collins, James Greenwood, G.A. Sala, W. Kirkus, E.C. Barnes, etc.; illustrators include Doré, Harrison Weir, F. Barnard, E.C. Barnes, Edward Draper, E. Hull, Alfred Slader, and George Cruikshank. The second annual volume. Published in aid of charity.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Savage-club papers For 1868. Edited by Andrew Halliday. Tinsley Brothers, 18 Catherine St. Strand, 1868. Lge.cr.8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece and title-page; letterpress title-page; nineteen plates; one illustration on text-paper; pp.[xii (paginated to include the engraved title, but not the frontispiece)+304; dark green horizontal dot and line grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated iron-grey. Very nice copy of a handsome book.

The second binding, the first being of bevelled red sand-grain cloth, more elaborately blocked, and with a.e.g. Contributors include J.R. Planché, Walter Thornbury, John Oxenford, Arthur Locker, Westland Marston, G.M. Fenn, H.J. Byron, George Grossmith, Dion Boucicault, Mortimer Collins, James Greenwood, G.A. Sala, etc.; illustrators include Doré, Harrison Weir, and George Cruikshank. The second annual volume. Published in aid of charity.

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ANTHOLOGY. Seven Summers: An Eton medley By The Editors of the Parachute and Present Etonian. Eton: R. Ingalton Drake; London: Simpkin Marshall & Co., 1890. Double pott 8vo; half-title a single inset; pp.[x]+[192 (last three pages unpaginated)]; ivory morocco grain glazed boards lettered light sea green on front cover and spine, blocked with the College arms light sea green on spine; a.e. uncut. Slight dust-marking of covers, and very slight wear to corners of boards; otherwise a very nice copy.

Printed at the Eton College Press. Entirely prose. Apparently not listed in the British Library Catalogue.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Shotover papers, Or, Echoes from Oxford. 1874-1875. Oxford: J. Vincent, 90, High Street. (Entered at Stationers' Hall). N.D. [1875]. Pott 4to, printed in double column; four line Errata at foot of last leaf of Index; pp.viii+208; white buckram, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover; binder's stamp of ‘T. Freeman Oxford' on extreme lower corner of front free end-paper. Cloth of spine stained and badly worn, and with traces of manuscript title; covers otherwise a trifle marked; internally fine.

The first (?only) collected edition of a literary/satirical University magazine, edited anonymously by W.E.W. Morrison, F.G. Stokes, and F.S. Pulling, comprising the complete run of thirteen issues (February 23rd, 1874 - February 9th, 1875). A neat inscription dated ‘March 15th 1875' on the front end-paper gives a clue to the actual date of issue in volume form. Includes parodies of Mark Twain, Bret Harte, Washington Irving, Artemus Ward, Walt Whitman, Dr. Johnson, Maurice Taine, Arthur O'Shaughnessy, Junius, Thomas Hood, Sir John Mandeville, Thomas Carlyle, Kohn Ruskin, Sir Walter Scott, Roger Ascham, Alfred Tennyson, William Wordsworth, Charles Kingsley, Joseph Addison, Rhoda Broughton, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Some account Of The life Of Rachel Wriothesley Lady Russell, By The editor of Madame du Deffand's letters. Followed by A series of letters From Lady Russell to her husband, William Lord Rusell; From 1672 to 1682; Together with Some miscellaneous letters To and from Lady Russell. To which are added eleven letters From Dorothy Sidney Countess of Sunderland, To George Saville Marquis of Hallifax [sic] In the year 1680. Published from the originals In the possession of His grace the Duke of Devonshire. Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Paternoster-row; And James Ridgway, Piccadilly, 1819. Demy 8vo; half title not present, apparently not called for; pp.[iii]-[x]+387+[i (blank); disbound, but sewing sound; matching marbled end-papers and edges. Nice copy.

Edited by Miss M. Berry, who also wrote the memoir. The Miscellaneous Letters include one from Gilbert Burnet.

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ANTHOLOGY. [Engraved title:] Souvenir of Literature & Art. To the King's Most Gracious Majesty This Volume is By permission Most respectfully Inscribed. London, Edwd. Lacey, 76, St. Pauls, N.D. [1835]. Pott 8vo; binder's blank at front and back; steel-engraved frontispiece, engraved title, and nine plates with tissue guards; half-title and letterpress title not called for; pp.[iii]-[xii]+288; full horizontally fine ribbed figured crimson silk, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; deep yellow end-papers. Silk just a trifle rubbed at corners and on the edges of the spine; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

This title not in Faxon - but it is in fact a re-issue of left over sheets of the second of Pickering's three annual volumes of ‘The Bijou', dating originally from 1828. Lacy has cancelled both the engraved and letterpress titles (though retaining the Preface and other prelims.) and substituted his own egraved title-page reading as above - this being the only plate not corresponding with the List of Embellishments. Many of the plates, however, have been reimpressed, Lacey's name being substituted in their imprints for that of Pickering. Contents include work by Barry Cornwall, James Montgomery, L.E.L[andon]., William Lisle Bowles, Mrs. Hemans, the Ettrick Shepherd, Delto [Moir], Hannah Mary Jones, Miss Emily Taylor, Thomas Roscoe, S.T. Coleridge, and some hitherto unpublished verses by Mary Queen of Scots.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Souvenir. A Token of Remembrance. Thomas Nelson, Paternoster Row, 1848 [i.e., December, 1847]. F'cap 8vo; illuminated lithographic frontispiece and title-page printed in gold and colours, by Fr. Schenck of Edinburgh; letterpress title-page; pp.[2 (half-title)]+[4 (lithographic leaves)]+[vi]+248; red and black horizontally striped diagonally ribbed cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated cream. Cloth of spine chipped at tail, and worn over joints; early inscription on half-title page; one opening a little foxed and dusty; otherwise internally a very nice copy.

Most of the contributions are anonymous, or signed only with initials. Avowed contributors include Mrs. Hemans and Charlotte Elizabeth (both posthumously), Longfellow, Leigh Hunt, Alaric A. Watts, Lowell, Emily Taylor, etc. Not in Faxon, who does however record a volume of this title issued by Nelson in 1859 (V. 1744). The English Catalogue of Books suggests that this Annual only made these two appearances. On the covers and illuminated title-page the sub-title is given as ‘A Gift For all Seasons'. Not in Blanck.

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ANTHOLOGY. Speculum Universitatis: Alma Mater's Mirror Edited by Thomas Spencer Baynes And Lewis Campbell, Professors in the University. Saint Andrews, 1887. Printed by T. & A. Constable, At the Edinburgh University Press. 1887. Lge.post 16mo, printed in half sheets; printed throughout on cream laid paper, in red and black, with black-letter headlines and historiated initial letters, within ecclessiastical ruled borders; title-page set from type largely within historiated border, after the style of a seventeenth century woodcut original, with loose tissue guard; eight inserted plates, printed in sepia, all with loose tissue guards; one facsimile, on text-paper; full white vellum over very thin boards, yapped edges, very elaborately ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on sides and spine, yellow silk ties; a.e. yellow; end-papers coated maroon. Insignificant rubbing of spine, otherwise an extremely fine copy of a very delicate, rare, and beautiful book.

Published for the Students' Union, this is a superb example of late nineteenth century book creation, after a decorative seventeenth century model. Loosely inserted in this copy is an advertisement issued by David Douglas, 4pp. sm.12mo, printed in red and black after a similar style, again by Constable, for ‘The new Amphion: Being the Book of The Edinburgh University Union Fancy Fair, In which Are contained sundry artistick, in-Structive, and diverting matters, all Now made publick for the first time.' The present volume contains previously unpublished material by Robert Louis Stevenson, A. Lang, Principal Shairp, Dean Stanley, J.A. Froude, F. Anstey, Austin Dobson, J.W. Mackail, Edmund Gosse, etc., etc. McKay, 840; Murray, p.81, describing an otherwise similar copy bound in calf.

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