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

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DICTIONARIES. The Epinal glossary, Latin and Old English Of the eighth century. Photolithographed from the original ms. By W. Griggs, And edited, with Transliteration, introduction, and notes, By Henry Sweet. Printed for subscribers; And for the Philological and Early English Text Societies. Trubner and Co., 57 & 59, Ludgate Hill, 1883. Elephant 4to. Green boards, front board printed in black, net-grain dark brown cloth spine, lettered up in gilt. Boards dusty, and corners a little worn; contents very nearly fine.

According to the prospectus, copies were issued to subscribers and to members of the Philological and Early English Text Societies "but so that no such member has a duplicate". The total number of copies is not given, but there were sixty-seven subscribers, many of whom were also members of the two societies. Costs of production were more than twice those originally estimated.

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[DISRAELI (Benjamin.).]. The right honourable Benjamin Disraeli, M.P.: A literary and political biography. Addressed to the New Generation. [By T. MacKnight.] Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty, 1854. Demy 8vo; imprint leaf at end; pp.[iv]+646+[ii]; vertically fine ribbed dark brown cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Neat, almost invisible restorations to cloth at extreme head and tail of spine; otherwise a very nice copy.

The second book about Disraeli. A hostile view by a political opponent apparently within his own party. Includes a thirty-six page Appendix reprinting a series of letters by Disraeli, Bulwer-Lytton, Joseph Hume, O'Connell, etc., relating to the O'Connell controversy of 1835-6, these being apparently here first collected.

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DISRAELI (B., M.P.). (Publications of the National Union. No.XIV.) By authority. Speech Of the right hon. B. Disraeli, M.P., At the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, April 3, 1872. Published by W. Tweedie, 337, Strand, For the National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations, 53, Parliament Street, Westminster. Printed by The Central Press Company (Limited), 112, Strand, N.D. [1872]. Lge.post 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.[28]; early full natural calf, tooled blind on sides; marbled end-papers. Faint vertical crease just visible on first and last leaves, where pamphlet has been folded; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Issued originally stabbed, the title page, which bears at the foot the words ‘Price Threepence', almost certainly serving as front wrapper, the last page being blank.

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‘Lewis Carrol's copy'.


DISRAELI (Benjamin, Earl of Beaconsfield). Benjamin Disraeli. Earl of Beaconsfield, K.G. In Upwards of 100 Cartoons from the Collection of "Mr. Punch." Punch Office, 85, Fleet Street, London, 1878. Med.4to; 104 illustrations on text-paper; pp.[viii]+104; trade advertisement slip dated from 8, 9, 10, Bouverie Street, August, 1878, tipped in at end offering ‘An opportune volume. In small 8vo, with Large Coloured Map, Price 3s. 6d. Cyprus and Asiatic Turkey. A handy general description of Our new protectorate.'; diagonally fine-ribbed bright purple cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled black, lettered gilt, on front cover; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Unobtrusive restoration to cloth of spine, and small rub-hole in front joint; spine and edges of covers faded; otherwise a nice copy.

‘Lewis Carroll's' copy, bearing his pencilled holograph inscription on the front end-paper: ‘From the Library of the Rev. C.L. Dodgson'. Loosely laid in, not as issued, is a flyer for ‘The Church in the City. 2nd quarterly rally For Special worship and prayer'. The volume provides a conspectus of cartoons covering the whole of Disraeli's career, many of them still amusing to-day.

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[DISRAELI (Benjamin,] Lord Beaconsfield). Home letters Written by the late Earl of Beaconsfield In 1830 and 1831. London, John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1885. Globe 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[ii]+[10]+139+[i (printer's imprint)]; bevelled chocolate buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated grey-fawn. Circulating library label on front paste-down, and facing end-paper slightly scuffed by paste adhesion; otherwise a nice copy.

Edited by his brother, Ralph Disraeli. In our experience a good deal scarcer than the larger volume of letters to his sister, 1831-1852, published the next year.

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[DISRAELI (Benjamin,] Lord Beaconsfield). Lord Beaconsfield's Correspondence With his sister 1832-1852. With a Portrait. John Murray, 1886. Lge.post 8vo; blank before half-title; engraved portrait frontispiece after a drawing by Count d'Orsay; integral advertisement leaf at end, verso blank; pp.[2]+xiv+269+[i (blank)]+[ii]; brown buckram, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated iron grey. Very slight foxing of fore-edges; otherwise a fine copy.

A family copy, the half title bearing a monogrammed holograph inscription, dated ‘19 Jany. 1886', from the Editor, Benjamin's brother, Ralph Disraeli, to Sybil Disraeli.

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DISRAELI (I.). Curiosities of literature. A New Edition, Edited, with a memoir and notes, By his son, The right hon. B. Disraeli, Chancellor of Her Majesty's Exchequer. In three volumes. Routledge, Warnes [sic], and Routledge, Farringdon Street. New York, 18 Beekman Street, 1859. Lge.f'cap 8vo; half-title not called for in volume three, present in other volumes (and there reading: ‘The Works Of Isaac Disraeli. Vol.I [II]'); engraved portrait frontispiece in volumes one and three, that to volume three with tissue guard; large folding facsimile of a ms. leaf by Pope in volume two; 8pp. integral advertisements, undated, in volume one; 6pp. dated ‘Dec., 1858' in volume two; volumes one and three dark green, volume two yellow green, bead grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine; ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed; end-papers coated yellow. Back end-papers slightly cracked in one volume; otherwise virtually a fine copy.

Benjamin Disraeli's Memoir, which prefaces the first volume, was originally published in the edition of 1849. The present edition is avowedly "Revised and re-edited, with additional Notes". According to the advertisements at the end of the first volume, it was scheduled for issue in "Monthly Volumes" - presumably between November 1858 and January 1859. This may explain the fact that though the present copy was evidently issued as a set, having in each volume the same contemporary book-plate, the cloth of the second volume is of a more yellowy green, and the numbering on the spines differs in style in each case. A further four volumes were issued subsequently in format uniform with the present set, under the general title of ‘The Works'.

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[DISRAELI (I.).]. Curiosities of Literature By I. D'Israeli, Esq., Doctor in civil law of the University of Oxford, and fellow of The society of antiquaries of London. Illustrated By Bolton Corney, Esq., Honorary professor of criticism in the republique des lettres, And member of the society of English bibliophiles. Second edition, revised and acuminated. To which are added, Ideas on Controversy: Deduced from the practice of a Veteran; and adapted to The meanest capacity. Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty, 1838. Lge.12mo; drab boards, paper spine label; a.e. uncut. Paper of spine cracked and a little chipped, but nonetheless sound; a nice copy otherwise, partly unopened. Scarce.

CBEL, III, p.667. The first published and first expanded edition; also the first appearance of the ‘Ideas on Controversy'. Preceded by a small privately printed edition, issued the year before for circulation chiefly among the author's friends. It was that private edition which provoked Disraeli's reply, ‘The Illustrator Illustrated', and the fact that this latter was regularly published led in turn to the publication of the present volume, in which Disraeli's rejoinder is extensively analysed and reviewed. In the Preface to this revised edition Corney remarks: To correct the errors of a popular work is always desirable; and it may also be expedient to unveil the deception and conceit of its author. In conformity with such principles, these critical illustrations were composed. . . . An arid list of errata would have failed to obtain the object in view. I resolved, therefore, to select from the numerous instances which I had noted, a very limited proportion; to admit no one which seemed unadapted to serve as the basis of an essay; to aim at variety of subject; and, as to form, at the attraction of novelty. . . . Facts, supported by references to authorities, were the corrective instruments chiefly resorted to; but I rather freely availed myself of sarcasm and irony." The volume contains much excellent criticism, supported by copious references and notes. It is in the course of combatting D'Israeli's statement that the Bayeux tapestry was worked by Queen Matilda that Corney first put forward the idea that it was of 13th century, and local, manufacture. The half title reads: ‘New Curiosities of Literature.'

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DIX (John). The life Of Thomas Chatterton, Including his Unpublished poems and correspondence. By John Dix. Hamilton, Adams, & Co., Paternoster Row, 1837. F'cap 8vo; claret diagonally fine ribbed moire cloth, flat spine, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Covers faded; end-papers strengthened at joints with matching paper; prelims., and last few leaves foxed; back end-papers dampstained, margins of last three leaves lightly so; one opening with small light ink-marks; otherwise a nice copy.

Includes a considerable quantity of verse, here first printed.

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DOBSON (Austin). Fielding. London, Macmillan and Co., 1883. Wire-stitched; pp.[xii]+196; 4pp. inserted publisher's advertisements at end, listing this volume as though ready, and one more, ‘Sheridan' by Mrs. Oliphant, as ‘Just ready'; scarlet buckram over thin boards, ruled and blocked black, lettered with publisher's monogram scarlet through black on back cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered black and scarlet through black on front cover, ruled and up-lettered black on spine; end-papers coated black. Very nice copy.

Issued as the thirty-second volume in the series ‘English Men of Letters', under the general editorship of John Morley. Murray, p.25; Alban Dobson, IX., describing the colour of the end-papers as ‘dark blue', which to our eyes it is not. The first issue, with the earliest advertisements.In all, 6,000 copies were printed.

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DOBSON (Austin). Fielding. London, Macmillan and Co., 1883. Pp.[xii]+196; inserted leaf of publisher's advertisements at end, dated ‘10.5.01'; off-white buckram over thin boards, blocked with publisher's device(s) on sides, ruled on front cover, lettered on front cover and up spine, all in blue. Almost imperceptible darkening of spine; otherwise a fine copy.

Murray, p.25; Alban Dobson, IX: neither mentioning the present binding-style. The advertisement leaf at the end of the present volume provides useful evidence that copies in this binding are of a later issue. The date of the advertisement is peculiar, since a second edition of this title, containing an extra nine pages, was issued in 1889. The present copy has the original text, and suggests the possibility that Macmillans may have discovered an unbound stock of sheets sometime about the turn of the century. The three-volume-in-one issue mentioned by Murray (being this volume, together with ‘Thackeray' and ‘Dickens' from the same series) is also advertised on the advertisement leaf, where it is termed a ‘reissue', and this has about it a definite ‘remainder' air. In all, 6,000 copies of this original edition were printed.

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DOBSON (Austin). Life Of Oliver Goldsmith. London, Walter Scott, 24 Warwick Lane, Paternoster Row, 1888. (All rights reserved.) Demy 8vo; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.214+[xxiv]+[2]; navy blue buckram, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., other edges uncut. Very nice unopened copy.

Issued as the thirteenth volume in the ‘Great Writers' series edited by Prof. Eric S. Robertson. The ‘Library' issue, ‘printed on large paper of extra quality, in handsome binding', and priced at 2s. 6d. as against the 1s. 0d. of the ordinary issues. Includes a bibliography by John P. Anderson of the British Museum, who attempts an ‘all-edition' listing. Murray, pp.27-28. The advertisements announce this volume as "Ready Dec.23rd [1887]". According to Murray, it was actually published on December 15th. Volumes were scheduled for publication on the first of each month, though they were ‘ready' beforehand, the present title being scheduled for January 1st 1888. Alban Dobson, XVI, Note: giving an incorrect collation in as much as he fails to notice that the leaf of advertisements following Anderson's Bibliography is integral. Printed from the same type and to the same measure as the small-paper edition, but with more leading. As it is easier to remove leading than to insert it, however, and as an unacknowledged reprint of the small-paper edition, in ruby cloth, appears to have been printed from the standing type, it appears almost certain that the present issue was printed first. Alban Dobson records a variant of the large-paper issue in dark ruby cloth with a.e. cut, which he regards as earlier though he gives no reasons: given that it is a good deal scarcer than the present binding - though the initial binding order will have been the largest - and the ruby cloth issue of the small-paper edition was certainly later (Murray remarks the evidence of type-damage), Dobsons hypothesis appears rather unlikely. The ruby cloth issue of the large-paper edition is more probably either simultaneous, or a later binding-up of left-over sheets.

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DOBSON (Austin). Life Of Oliver Goldsmith. London, Walter Scott, 24 Warwick Lane, Paternoster Row, 1888. (All rights reserved.) F'cap 8vo, wire stitched; 2pp. integral advertisements, followed by 4pp. publisher's inserted advertisements at end; pp.214+[xxiv]+[2]; apple green buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. cut. Slight foxing of edges, end-papers, and facing leaves; otherwise a fine copy.

Issued as the thirteenth volume in the ‘Great Writers' series edited by Prof. Eric S. Robertson. Includes a bibliography by John P. Anderson of the British Museum, who attempts an ‘all-edition' listing. Murray, pp.27-28, recording three variant bindings for the first printing, but not this one. The advertisements announce this volume as "Ready Dec.23rd [1887]". According to Murray, it was actually published on December 15th. Murray, however, also calls it a cr.8vo. Volumes were scheduled for publication on the first of each month, though they were ‘ready' beforehand, the present title being scheduled for January 1st 1888. The present copy bears a neat pencilled inscription on the front end-paper dated ‘27th Jany 1888'. Alban Dobson, XVI, recordingsimultaneous first issues, one as here, the other in dark green cloth lettered on the spine in gilt. In both cases Dobson fails to record that the first advertisement leaf is integral.

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DOBSON (Austin). Life Of Oliver Goldsmith. London, Walter Scott, 24 Warwick Lane, Paternoster Row, 1888. (All rights reserved.) F'cap 8vo; 2pp. integral advertisements at end followed by 2pp. inserted advertisements; pp.214+[xxiv]+[2]; navy blue buckram, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Very nice unopened copy.

Issued as the thirteenth volume in the ‘Great Writers' series edited by Prof. Eric S. Robertson. Includes a bibliography by John P. Anderson of the British Museum, who attempts an ‘all-edition' listing. Murray, pp.27-28. The advertisements announce this volume as "Ready Dec.23rd [1887]". According to Murray, it was actually published on December 15th. Murray, however, also calls it a cr.8vo. An inscription on the front end-paper of the present copy is dated "1st January 1888", this being the scheduled day of publication. Alban Dobson, XVI, recording two simultaneous issues he describes as earlier, one in decorated pale green cloth, the other as this but in dark green cloth: both variants having 6pp. publisher's advertisements at end, the first leaf being presumably integral, though he does not notice the fact. The present binding variant he describes as later, though he gives no reasons: nor does he mention theadvertisement leaves being fewer. Since the binding agrees with that of the large-paper issue, which had fewer advertisements still, and since the unacknowledged reprint in ruby cloth had 16pp. of later advertisements, we would suspect that the number of advertisement leaves may determine the binding order, the present copy representing the second issue, and Dobson's variants the third.

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[DOBSON (Austin)]. Notebook, 183 x 114mm, 186 leaves, not paginated, ruled feint, the first leaf neatly excised, the next ninety written on rectos only within ruled border (v. note), the rest left blank; half black morocco-faced sheep, matching oil-marbled sides and end-papers, printed spine-label reading ‘MATTHEW / PRIOR'; a.e. marbled. Leather rubbed, peeled, and a trifle chipped, and back joint neatly repaired; label chipped at edges; contents fine.

With Austin Dobson's small ‘Sign of the Lyre' book-plate designed by Alfred Parsons on the front paste-down and his ownership signature on the blank verso of the front end-paper. The first part of the ms. which can be dated to approximately 1889 consists of 82pp. written in black ink in Dobson's cursive hand and comprises that transcription of ‘Memorandums concerning the late celebrated poet and statesman Mr. Matthew Prior. Copied from a manuscript of Sir James Montagu Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer' referred to in his Prefatory Note to his 1889 edition of the ‘Selected Poems of Matthew Prior' (29pp.); followed by transcriptions of letters to and from Prior to Montagu and others (47pp.); and notes on Prior's letters culled from the Reports of the Historical Manuscripts Commission (6pp.). The remainder of the ms. (8pp.) is written in light blue ink in what Alban Dobson describes as his father's ‘copperplate handwriting' (v. ‘Austin Dobson: Some Notes' pp.214 - 15) and consists of bibliographical and other notes copied from bookseller's catalogues and other sources. A slip cut from a bookseller's catalogue referring to works by Prior is laid onto the back paste-down whilst loosely laid-in is a cutting of a poem by Dobson ‘Notes. A Rondeau' possibly uncollected contributed apparently to ‘Notes and Queries'. (In Dobson's ‘Prefatory Note' to the Selected Poems of Matthew Prior referred to above Dobson states "I was favoured by the kindness of a friend with a transcript of the document [i.e. the ‘Memorandums']" which suggests at first sight that he was given a transcript ready made: but the statement is evidently more ambiguous than it looks and could be expanded [though there was obviously no point in doing so in the Note] to read ‘with the opportunity to make a transcript' since the transcript here is certainly in his hand.) An important note-book not merely in terms of its contents as such but also in terms of the literary relationship that exists between his his own poetic output and that of Prior to whom he always looked back as his literary ancestor.

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DOBSON (Austin). Four Frenchwomen. With a frontispiece. Chatto & Windus, 1890. Cr.4to; first and last gathering binder's blanks of Dickinson hand-made paper, the outer leaves serving as end-papers; blank, and limitation leaf precede half-title; frontispiece with tissue guard; pp.[xvi]+207+[i (blank)]; publisher's quarter parchment, pale blue-grey boards, paper spine label; a.e. uncut. A near fine copy.

One of an edition limited to only fifty copies on large fine Stacey Wise hand-made paper, numbered and signed by the author. Murray, p.29; Alban Dobson, XVII., Note (last paragraph). Differs in collation, and by the addition of the frontispiece, from the trade edition.

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DOBSON (Austin). Four Frenchwomen. Chatto & Windus, 1890. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.[viii]+207+[i (blank)]; publisher's quarter dark blue roan, scarlet fine buckram sides, spine ruled and lettered gilt; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges lightly trimmed. A virtually fine copy.

Murray, p.28; Alban Dobson, XVII., Note (second and third paragraphs).

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DOBSON (Austin). Four Frenchwomen. Second edition. Chatto & Windus, 1891. F'cap 8vo; half-tone frontispiece with loose tissue guard; pp.[xii]+207+[i (blank)]; quarter black morocco faced roan, scarlet cloth sides; a.e. uncut. Backstrip lacking; inscription on upper margin of half-title; otherwise a very nice copy.

Alban Dobson, XVII., Note (last paragraph); Murray, p.29: the second issue listed. This issue has a frontispiece not present either in the first edition of 1890 or in the first of Murray's variants of the ‘Second edition' (though included in the large paper edition, which, though dated 1890, was in reality issued in 1891). Though it is not noted by Murray, the collation also differs from that in the earlier issues, the Prefatory Note here occupying a separate leaf, as in the large paper edition, but being expaded to occupy the recto and verso of the leaf instead of just the recto, as there. The present copy was at some point re-acquired by the publishers for internal use, and bears their ‘FILE COPY' sticker on the spine.

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DOBSON (Austin). William Hogarth. London, Sampson Low, Marston and Company, Limited, St. Dunstan's House, Fetter Lane, Fleet Street, E.C., 1891. Imp.8vo; limitation leaf precedes half-title; title-page printed in red and black; photogravure frontispiece and eleven plates, printed in sepia on India paper, and laid on, all with Japanese vellum guards printed with captions; three full-page engraved illustrations and eleven engraved illustrations in text, all printed on India paper and laid on; thirty-two engraved plates, printed on Japanese vellum, all with thin-paper guards; and one large folding facsimile printed on Japanese vellum, with thin paper guard; pp.[2]+xiv+368; quarter vellum, cream paper spine label printed in red, glazed greenish-grey boards. Slight chipping of label at corners, not affecting text; small scuff on each board where tiny label has been removed; slight mottling of vellum; otherwise a fine copy.

One of a hundred copies for England of a total edition limited to 150 numbered copies for England and America, this copy being numbered and signed by the author. Printed on thick hand-made paper at the Chiswick Press, the illustrations being superbly produced under the superintendence of Messrs. Walker and Boutall of Clifford's Inn. A fine book, created with little apparent regard to cost, and, despite the minor faults noted above, in remarkably nice state. Murray, p.33; Alban Dobson, XX, Note.

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DOBSON (Austin). Eighteenth century Vignettes. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1892. Cr.4to; half-title not called for; limitation leaf and fine photogravure frontispiece with tissue guard precede title-page; six other photogravure plates, mostly from mezzotints, all with tissue guards; pp.[ii]+261+[iii (blank)]; publisher's quarter vellum lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on spine, light buff paper covered board sides; a.e. uncut. Unobtrusive repair to vellum at top 1/4 inch of spine and one corner of spine very slightly worn; corners a trifle bruised; but a virtually fine copy otherwise.

The ‘Specially Illustrated Large-Paper Edition', signed by Dobson, of which only 250 numbered copies were printed. The first English edition, preceded by a small copyright issue made from American sheets. Murray, p.35; Alban Dobson, p.36, Note. Loosely laid in to this copy are two signed holograph letters from the author, dated respectively from Porth-y-Felin, 75, Eaton Rise, Ealing, W. ‘Aug 2. 1884' and Aug. 9. 1884', the first of some twenty-seven words, accepting an invitation to dine; the second, of some seventy-seven words, apologising for his non-appearance, as he had mistaken the day.

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DOBSON (Austin). Eighteenth century Vignettes. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1892. Cr.4to; half-title not called for; limitation leaf and fine photogravure frontispiece with tissue guard precede title-page; six other photogravure plates, mostly from mezzotints, all with tissue guards; pp.[ii]+261+[iii (blank)]; publisher's quarter vellum lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on spine, light buff paper covered board sides; a.e. uncut. Unobtrusive repair to vellum at top 1/4 inch of spine and one corner of spine very slightly worn; corners a trifle bruised; but a virtually fine copy otherwise.

The ‘Specially Illustrated Large-Paper Edition', signed by Dobson, of which only 250 numbered copies were printed. The first English edition, preceded by a small copyright issue made from American sheets. Murray, p.35; Alban Dobson, p.36, Note.

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DOBSON (Austin). Eighteenth century Vignettes. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1892. Half-title not called for; large folding frontispiece with tissue guard; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.261+[i (blank)]+[ii]; navy blue coarse buckram, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. A fine copy.

Murray, p.34; Alban Dobson, XXIII, first Note. The first English published edition, preceded by a copyright edition said to have consisted of a few copies only. The present edition consisted of 2,000 copies.

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DOBSON (Austin). Eighteenth century Vignettes. Second series. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1894. Integral advertisement leaf precedes half-title; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[xii]+300+8; navy blue buckram, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. A fine copy.

Murray, p.35; Alban Dobson, XXVI. Printed at the Chiswick Press. 2,000 copies were printed.

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DOBSON (Austin). A paladin of Philanthropy And other papers. London, Chatto & Windus, 1899. Advertisement leaf before half-title; frontispiece after an etching by Samuel Ireland, on cream paper, with tissue guard, and one double-page plan; printer's imprint leaf, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, dated Mar.1899; pp.[xii]+361+[i (blank)]+[ii]; brick red coarse buckram, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Slight fading of spine; slight scattered foxing; in general a nice copy of a difficult title.

Goldsmith, Steele, Gay, Boswell, etc. Murray, p.39*; Alban Dobson, XXXVII.

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[DOBSON (Austin).]. The club: or, A Grey Cap for a Green Head. Containing Maxims, Advice & Cautions, Being a Dialogue between a Father & Son. By James Puckle N.P. With Embellishments cut in Wood from Designs by John Thurston & an Introduction by Austin Dobson. London: Printed at The Chiswick Press, & are to be sold in London by Freemantle & Co., at 217 Picca-Dilly, and in New York by Truslove, Hanson & Comba, 1900. Narrow f'cap 8vo; wood engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, portrait vignette on title-page, numerous illustrations, and one facsimile, all on text-paper; pp.xxviii (including frontispiece)+220 (including facsimile and illustrations); olive green buckram ruled and pictorially blocked gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on flat spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Light foxing of end-papers; otherwise a near fine copy of a scarce and very pretty book in the scarce dust-wrapper, this with a small damp-splash on front panel, slightly chipped to lower corners and the bottom half-inch of spine.

The English issue, bearing Freemantle's imprint on the spine. Dobson's Introduction, which occupies pp.[xiii]-xxviii, is signed in type from Ealing, October, 1900, and is evidently not the same as his 1896 essay on Puckle. Not in either Murray or Alban Dobson; Tanselle, ‘Book-jackets', recording only the apparently undated American issue, erroneously as X.99.

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DOWDEN (Edward). Southey. Macmillan and Co., 1879. Wire-stitched; pp.[viii]+199+[i (printer's imprint)]; 4pp. inserted publisher's advertisements at end, listing this volume, without reviews, as the second of four newly published; dull red buckram over thin boards, ruled and blocked black, lettered with publisher's monogram dull red through black on back cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered black and dull red through black on front cover, ruled and up-lettered black on spine; end-papers coated black. Stain on back cover; otherwise a fine copy.

Issued as the fourteenth volume in the series ‘English Men of Letters', under the general editorship of John Morley. One of the scarcer titles in the series. The dull red colour of the cloth marks a stage of transition between the crimson of the earlier volumes, and the scarlet of the later issued volumes.

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[DOWSON (Ernest).]. Memoirs Of Cardinal Dubois Translated from the French By Ernest Dowson With photogravure portraits Of Cardinal Dubois and The Duc d'Orleans. In two volumes. Leonard Smithers and [Vol.II: &] Co, 5 Old Bond Street W, 1899. 2 Vols., demy 8vo; sepiatone photogravure frontispiece printed on India paper and laid on to linen-hinged white card in each volume (that to volume two with tissue guard); title printed in red and black; blank before half-title, blank at end, in volume one; pp.xvi+282+[ii]; viii+268; vertically fine ribbed purple cloth, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Slight damage to front end-paper in volume one; card backing to frontispieces, and tissue, foxed, with slight offsetting; otherwise a very nice copy, largely unopened.



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DOYLE (Richard). The Foreign Tour Of Messrs Brown Jones And Robinson Being the History of What they saw, and did, In Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, & Italy. Bradbury & Evans, Whitefriars, 1854. Med.4to; half-title, engraved title, and seventy-nine leaves with engravings (foliated 80, leaf 49/50 bearing two numbers, presumably by an error in the printer's reckoning when arranging formes): each protected by a tissue guard, as issued; imprint leaf at end; printed throughout upon the rectos only; recent quarter calf, cloth sides; a.e.g. A good copy.

This is the true first edition. The undated edition with the imprint ‘Bradbury Agnew and Co.', that is more commonly seen, is a reprint for which the title-page was re-engraved.

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DOYLE (Richard). A journal Kept by Richard Doyle In the year 1840 Illustrated with several hundred sketches by the author. With an introduction by J. Hungerford Pollen And a portrait. London, Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1885. (All rights reserved). Demy 4to format, caoutchouc bound; etched portrait frontispiece on India-paper, laid on, and with tissue guard; title-page, text, and lithographic illustrations of ‘Journal' reproduced in facsimile; pp.xii+[2 (title to ‘Journal')]+152; bevelled light olive green buckram, lettered gilt-outlined black and gilt (in rustic style), blocked black, and gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt up spine, all after designs by Doyle; a.e.g.; end-papers faced black. Nice copy of a delightful book.

With the bookplate of the Signet Library on the front paste-down. Doyle was born in 1824 and died on December 11, 1883. This volume was published in September 1885. One of two variant bindings without known precedence. Allibone, Supplement, p.511

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DOYLE (Richard). A journal Kept by Richard Doyle In the year 1840 Illustrated with several hundred sketches by the author. With an introduction by J. Hungerford Pollen And a portrait. London, Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1885. (All rights reserved). Demy 4to format, caoutchouc bound; etched portrait frontispiece on India-paper, laid on, and with loose tissue guard; title-page, text, and lithographic illustrations of ‘Journal' reproduced in facsimile; pp.xii+[2 (title to ‘Journal')]+152; bevelled light tan fine linen, lettered black-outlined gilt (in rustic style), blocked black, and gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt up spine, all after designs by Doyle; a.e.g.; end-papers faced black. Small restoration to cloth at head of spine; otherwise a nice copy of a delightful book.

Doyle was born in 1824 and died on December 11, 1883. This volume was published in September 1885. One of two variant bindings, without known precedence. Allibone, Supplement, p.511

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DRAKE (Nathan, M.D.). Literary hours Or Sketches Critical and narrative. In two volumes. Vol.I [II]. The second edition, Corrected and greatly enlarged. Sudbury, [Suffolk,] Printed by J. Burkitt, For T. Cadell, Junior, and W. Davies, Strand, London, 1800. 2 Vols., lge.post 8vo in half sheets; half-title, Contents Of the First volume and Advertisement To the Second edition leaf misbound between pp.ii and iii of the Preface To the First edition in volume one; half-title probably not called for in second volume; pp.[xiv (paged [4]+[i]-ii+[2]+[i]-ii+[2]+iii-iv)]+455+[i (blank)]; [2]+ii+479+[i (blank)]+x (Index). WITH: Literary hours; Or, Sketches, Critical, narrative, and poetical. In three volumes. Vol.III. London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, Strand, 1804. Lge.post 8vo; half-title not called for; title leaf, leaf of Contents Of the Third volume, and fly-title, precede start of text; pp.[2]+ii+552+vi (Index To the Third volume). 3 Vols., complete; contemporary mottled calf, gilt, double black labels, marbled end-papers, edges burnished and sprinkled grey. Sewing sound; some wear to covers, one label and two boards lacking; very slight scattered foxing, but the text in general very nice.

CBEL, III, p.667. Drake's scarce first independent work, preceded only by ‘The Speculator', a collaborative periodical published in twenty-six numbers in 1790. The present work also was issued in numbers, in 1798, the thirty-one numbers of the original forming one volume, this being expanded into two volumes in this Second Edition by a process of correction and enlargement of the original numbers, and the addition of nine more. The third volume, completing the series with the addition of a further twenty ‘numbers' (still so called, but not now issued as such), is here likewise first published. The first complete edition in its earliest form. Like many of Drake's works, a mixture of essays on subjects mainly literary (including, in this instance, some ten on Scandinavian mythology and literature, several on Herrick, Sylvester, Dyer, Bloomfield, and Lucretius, and single essays on Tasso and Collins, Gothic Superstition, Catullus, etc.) with a leavening of eight more or less long short stories (including some Gothic), and a number of poems.

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[DUMAS (Alexandre).]. Garibaldi: An autobiography, Edited by Alexandre Dumas. Translated by William Robson. Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, Farringdon Street, 1860. F'cap 8vo; lithographic portrait frontispiece; half-title lacking; pp.[iii]-vi+[7]-37+[i (imprint); contemporary half-calf, marbled sides. Prelims. lightly foxed; old institutional rubber stamps on three leaves; otherwise a nice copy.

Munro, p.232. The first edition in English.

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DUMAS (Alexandre, pere). The memoirs. Being extracts from The first five volumes of Mes memoires Selected and Translated by A.F. Davidson, M.A. W.H. Allen & Co. Limited, 1891. 2 Vols.; 2pp. integral advertisements at end of volume one; blank before half-title in volume two; dark red fine diaper cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated lemon. A nice copy.

Munro, p.188. This copy at one time in Douglas Munro's collection, and bearing his signature, together with the date of purchase, on each front end-paper.

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DU MAURIER (George). Social pictorial Satire. With illustrations. London and New York, Harper & Brothers, Albemarle St. W., 1898. Blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece after a (partly unpublished) drawing by John Leech, with tissue guard, and twenty-three plates in half-tone or line; final blank; pp.[156]+[ii]; dark red fine linen, embossed and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Nice copy.

An interesting essay by a craftsman of the genre.

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EDGEWORTH (Richard Lovell) and EDGEWORTH (Maria). Essay On Irish bulls. The second edition, corrected. London: Printed for J. Johnson, 72, St Paul's Churchyard, 1803. Half-title not called for; engraved vignettes on pp.[1] and 308, which leaves, though paginated, are not on text-paper and do not form part of the ordinary signatures; pp.[iv]+308; [a2], b1, B-I, K-U8, X1; contemporary half calf gilt, white board sides, blue and yellow marbled end-papers, sprinkled edges. Front board lacking; engraved leaves foxed; otherwise a nice copy. As a binding copy.

Considerably revised: and a full eight pages shorter than the first edition, which appeared in 1802. This second edition neither in Sadleir nor Wolff, who both, however, record the first edition.

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ELIOT (George). The essays Of "George Eliot." Complete. Collected and arranged, with an introduction On her "analysis of motives," By Nathan Sheppard. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, Publishers, 10 and 12 Dey Street., 1883. Lge.12mo, wire-stabbed; pp.288; half-title not called for; buff wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in red and black, on inside wrappers with publisher's advertisements in black. Wrappers a little chipped on spine and at one corner; otherwise a very nice copy.

Issued, according to the wrappers, on ‘April 23, 1883' at 25 cents, as volume No.87 (being Volume 8 of the 1883 Series) of Funk and Wagnalls' fortnightly ‘Standard Library'. Essays published anonymously in ‘The Westminster Review' in the early 1850s, and here first collected.

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ELIOT (George). George Eliot's life As Related in her letters And journals. Arranged and edited by her husband J.W. Cross. In three volumes. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1885. All Rights reserved. 3 Vols.; volume one with engraved portrait frontispiece and one plate printed on India paper and laid on, and four other plates, all with tissue guards; volume two with engraved portrait frontispiece printed on India paper and laid on, with tissue guard, and double-spread folding facsimile; volume three with frontispiece and two plates with tissue guards; integral advertisement leaf at end (verso blank); twelve line errata slip tipped in at end of Index; pp.[xvi]+484; [viii]+449+[i (printer's imprint)]+stub to which facsimile is attached; [viii]+470+[ii]; brownish grey diagonally fine ribbed very small patterned cloth ruled and blocked black on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated very dark brown. Slight cracking of some end-papers; otherwise a nice copy.

The first issue, later copies being bound up without the advertisement leaf at the end of volume three. The cloth grain is very odd. It possibly corresponds to that listed by Ball from one example of 1886 as ‘diagonal fancy ribbed'. The minute pattern appears to consist of a series of recessed elipses crossed by a diagonal fine thread running against the diagonal of the ribs, which are formed themselves by the concurrent thickened walls between the sharper curves of the elipses.

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ELLIS (George, Esq.). Specimens Of the Early English Poets, To which is prefixed An historical sketch Of the Rise and progress Of the English poetry and language; In three volumes. London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. For G. and W. Nicol, booksellers to his Majesty, Pall-mall; And J. Wright, Piccadilly, 1801. 3 Vols.; pp.xxii+[2 (errata to volume one)]+406; [vi (last page Errata to volume two)]+361+[i (blank)]; [vi (last page Errata to volume three)]+436; old half natural morocco-faced sheep, rose-madder bubble-grain cloth sides, leather ruled blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt and with four raised bands on spine, matching oil-marbled edges and end-papers. Insignificant rubbing and peeling of leather, and gilt shelf-marks on spines; unobtrusive blind library stamps on first and last few leaves of each volume; bound up without the half-titles; otherwise a fine copy.

A much enlarged second edition of a title published originally in one volume in 1790. Runs chronologically from Robert of Gloucester (born c.1230) to Sir Francis Fane (born 1650). The first enlarged edition, presenting the work here in its final form. CBEL, II, p.361, recording four further editions to 1851.

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EMERSON (R.W., Of Concord, Massachusetts). Essays: With Preface By Thomas Carlyle. James Fraser, Regent Street, 1841. Lge.12mo; pp.xvi+371+[i (blank)]; green fine diaper cloth, elegantly blocked blind on sides (with arabesques and urn of flowers), lettered and with short rule gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow; binder's ticket of ‘Westleys & Clark, London' on back paste-down. Almost invisible restoration to cloth of spine; two small slits in front end-paper where a sprig of broom was once mounted; nevertheless, a virtually fine copy.

The first issue, with the imprint JAMES FRASER / LONDON at the extreme tail of the spine. This issue seems to have been on sale for less than a year. Blanck, 5338, records the original Fraser issue of 1841, adding: "In 1842 Fraser was succeeded by G.W. Nickisson who advertised another printing of this collection". In, or about, 1847, the original sheets were re-issued by John Chapman, in a different binding, bearing his imprint on the spine, and with his own inserted catalogue at the end. Given that the Chapman issue of 1847, which was unknown to Blanck, was still of the original sheets, it seems unlikely that the Nickisson issue (if Nickisson were indeed the ‘successor' of Fraser) could have been a reprint. More probably, as with the Chapman edition, it was a re-issue. The volume first appeared in the same year as the American edition, publication being arranged for by Carlyle, whose nine page ‘Preface by the English Editor' is here first published. The first of Emerson's books to be published in England, and now quite scarce.

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EMERSON (R.W., Of Concord, Massachusetts). Essays: With Preface By Thomas Carlyle. James Fraser, Regent Street, 1841. Lge.12mo; pp.xvi+371+[i (blank)]; inserted 24pp. John Chapman catalogue at end, dated October 1st, 1847; vertically fine ribbed olive green cloth, blocked blind on sides, ruled and blocked blind, lettered and with short rule gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Spine slightly faded, and with neat restorations at head and tail of joints; neat ownership inscription dated 1848 on upper margin of title page; otherwise a nice copy.

A late issue, the spine imprint like the catalogue being that of John Chapman. Blanck, 5338, records the original Fraser issue of 1841, adding: "In 1842 Fraser was succeeded by G.W. Nickisson who advertised another printing of this collection". Given that the Chapman issue of 1847, which was unknown to Blanck, was still of the original sheets, it seems unlikely that the Nickisson issue (if Nickisson were indeed the ‘successor' of Fraser) could have been a reprint. The volume first appeared in the same year as the American edition, publication being arranged for by Carlyle, whose nine page ‘Preface by the English Editor' is here first published.

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EMERSON (R.W.). Essays. Second Series. John Chapman, 121, Newgate Street, 1845. Lge.12mo; series title (with copyright notice on verso) precedes conjugate engraved title-page; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end; vertically fine ribbed rose-madder cloth, blocked, and with embossed lettering, blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine, in series style; top-edges uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated yellow. Cloth a little chipped at head of spine; covers somewhat faded; prelims. foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Includes a two page introductory Notice by Thomas Carlyle, dated 25th October, 1844. The wording of the copyright notice suggests that the book may have been available on the 26th. Blanck, 5344 lists the volume only as dated 1844, and fails to notice the present reprint.

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EMERSON (Ralph Waldo). Twelve essays. By Ralph Waldo Emerson, Author of "Nature, an essay," &c. London: George Slater, 252, Strand, 1849. Super roy.32mo in quarter sheets; half-title not called for (v. note); integral advertisement leaf (verso blank), followed by publisher's inserted 4pp. catalogue at end; olive green diagonal fine straight grain morocco cloth, blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, in series style; end-papers coated yellow; ticket of ‘Wilson / Bookseller / Stationer / and Binder / No.11 / Royal Exchange' on front paste-down. Light damp-marking of sides; otherwise a fine copy.

Issued, according to the catalogue, on the 31st of March 1849, as the first volume in ‘Slater's Shilling Series'. The first issue, the second volume in the series, as yet unnamed, being advertised for publication "on the 31st of April" [sic!]. Blanck, 5350. Something curious appears to have happened during the printing of this volume: nothing is here lacking, but the first gathering consists of only seven leaves, the title leaf [A1], together with leaves [A6] and [A7], being single insets. It would appear probable from this that an original half- or series- title, or initial advertisement leaf, and the original title-leaf, may have been suppressed due to some error or change of mind on the part of the publisher, and replaced with a single leaf inserted as title.

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EMERSON (R.W.). Representative men. Seven lectures. John Chapman, 142, Strand, 1850. Lge.12mo; series title precedes title-page; half-title not called for; publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue dated January 1st, 1850, at end; vertically fine ribbed dark brown cloth, blocked, and embossed with series title, blind, on sides, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Neatly rebacked, preserving the original (slightly chipped) backstrip; slight cracking of end-papers; otherwise a nice copy.

Blanck 5129 refers. Issued as a volume in ‘The Catholic Series'. The catalogue, though it is a separate gathering and on thinner paper, might be regarded as integral to the volume, since its presence is referred to in a note on the series title. The earliest of the three English editions of this year, and probably issued simultaneously with the first American edition, from which it may differ in some points of text. In the catalogue dated January 1st, 1850, Chapman advertised under the heading "This day is published, Representative Men" that "This edition will be printed from an original M.S., revised and forwarded to England for the purpose, and alone possesses the sanction of the Author." In contradistinction to this, the edition published by Bohn, apparently some five weeks later, was described by that publisher in his introductory note as published by arrangement with "the American proprietor" of the volume, and he makes no mention of the text being revised.

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EMERSON (R.W.). Representative men. Seven lectures. John Chapman, 142, Strand, 1850. Lge.12mo; series title precedes title-page; half-title not called for; 24pp. inserted publisher's catalogue at end, dated ‘September, 1849'; horizontally fine ribbed dark brown cloth over thin boards, blocked, and embossed with lettering, blind, on sides, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine, in series style; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated light salmon-yellow. Slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spine, and at lower corners; otherwise a fine copy.

Issued as a volume in ‘The Catholic Series'. Blanck 5129 refers. The earliest of the three English editions of this year, and with the earliest recorded catalogue. Copies are more usually found with a catalogue dated ‘January 1st, 1850', and in an otherwise similar vertically ribbed very dark brown cloth. Probably issued simultaneously with the first American edition, from which it may differ in some points of text. In his catalogue dated January 1st, 1850, Chapman advertised under the heading "This day is published, Representative Men" that "This edition will be printed from an original M.S., revised and forwarded to England for the purpose, and alone possesses the sanction of the Author." In contradistinction to this, the edition published by Bohn, apparently some five weeks later, was described by that publisher in his introductory note as published by arrangement with "the American proprietor" of the volume, and he makes no mention of the text being revised. The present copy bears on the front end-paper a neat inscription dated ‘Jan'y 1850'. The catalogue here makes no mention of this volume.

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EMERSON (R.W.). English traits. Boston: Phillips, Sampson, and Company, 1856. 12mo, printed in half sheets; binder's blank at front and back; yellow end-papers; vertically ribbed very dark brown cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Slight insect damage to cloth over front joint; slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spine, and corners; lower edges of end-papers, and extreme lower edges of last few leaves grease stained; early signature on upper margin of title-page, another on front binder's blank; otherwise a very nice copy.

Blanck 5226, listing no variants, says black cloth. This is very nearly so, but may possibly be a colour variant.

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EMERSON (Ralph Waldo). Author's Edition. The Conduct of Life. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 65, Cornhill, 1860. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.[iv]+203; publisher's slip (reading: "The publishers think it right to state / the the Author derives a pecuniary / benefit from this Edition.") tipped in before title-page; light brown fine linen, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on sides, ruled and lettered black on spine; end-papers coated pale yellow and printed on facing surfaces with publisher's advertisements in black. Lettering rubbed on spine, and spine somewhat darkened; light fingering and some contemporary light pencilled notes throughout; a very good copy only.

Blanck, 5231. First edition, f'cap 8vo issue (described by Blanck as 12mo). This and the 8vo English issue were published simultaneously on December 8th, 1860 - and were intended for simultaneous publication with the American edition, though such evidence as there is would seem to suggest that they may in fact precede it by four days. The present copy is of the earliest binding batch, the date on the front cover being here ‘1860' instead of ‘1861' as in later copies. In our experience, both of the London editions are extremely scarce.

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EMERSON (Ralph Waldo). Author's Edition. The Conduct of Life. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 65, Cornhill, 1860. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.[iv]+203+[i (printer's imprint)]; publisher's slip tipped in before title-page; light brown fine linen, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on sides, ruled and lettered black on spine; end-papers coated pale yellow and printed on facing surfaces with publisher's advertisements in black. Covers somewhat marked and dusty; small stain at top corner of back cover extending to back end-papers and blank gutter margins of last few leaves; a very good copy nonetheless.

Blanck, 5231. First edition, f'cap 8vo issue (described by Blanck as 12mo). This and the cr.8vo English issue were published simultaneously on December 8th, 1860 - and were intended for simultaneous publication with the American edition, though such evidence as there is would seem to suggest that they may in fact precede it by four days. The present copy is of a later binding batch, however, the date on the front cover being here ‘1861' instead of ‘1860' as in the earliest copies. In our experience, both of the London editions are extremely scarce.

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[EMERSON (Ralph Waldo).]. In Memoriam. Ralph Waldo Emerson: Recollections of his visits to England In 1833, 1847-8, 1872-3, And Extracts from unpublished letters. By Alexander Ireland. London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. Edinburgh: David Douglas. Glasgow: David M. Main. Manchester: J.E. Cornish. Liverpool: J. Cornish & Sons. Birmingham: Cornish Brothers, 1882. Lge.post 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.120; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed iron grey cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and lettered black on front cover; end-papers coated very dark brown. Small bruise affecting tail of back joint, with consequent small neat restoration to cloth; light foxing of first and last leaves; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy. Very scarce.

Presentation copy, with the author's holograph presentation inscription on the upper margin of the title-page. Printed in Manchester. The Memoir occupies pp.[3]-45; the Recollections pp.[49]-70; the Letters pp.[71]-90; and the final section, Miscellaneous Records, pp.[91]-120. The letters are more than the word ‘extracts' on the title-page might suggest: many of them appear to be given complete, and the rest with one or two marked excisions - the average length of the letters suggesting that not a great deal could have been left out. Twenty-three letters are included in all, four to Carlyle, and nineteen to Ireland (plus a note of one already published elsewhere). The final section includes, besides records of conversations with Emerson, and literary anecdotes, the text of a speech delivered by Emerson in Manchester in 1847, and a bibliographical check-list of ‘Articles on Emerson and his Writings in the English and American Periodicals' and of ‘Foreign Translations of, and Articles on, Emerson'. Not in Blanck.

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[EVANS (Arthur Benoni).]. Fungusiana; Or The opinions And Table talk, Of the late Barnaby Fungus, Esq. To which are prefixed Some biographical notices Respecting The true origin of that gentleman, The whole proving, beyond all doubt, that from This surprising genius were derived most of The prevailing habits, sentiments, and Refinements, of modern times. Printed for J. Carpenter, Old Bond Street, 1809. F'cap 8vo; pp.viii+192; half-title not called for; engraved portrait frontispiece of Fungus, printed in sepia; later quarter roan, stippled board sides; fore-edges rough-trimmed. Leather a little peeling, and cracked slightly at head of joints, but not obviously weak; boards worn at corners; slight offsetting from frontispiece; otherwise a very nice copy.

Gentle and amusing satire.

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FARRAR (F.W., D.D., F.R.S., Late Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge; Archdeacon of Westminster). The First book of kings. Hodder and Stoughton, 27, Paternoster Row, 1893. Extra cr.8vo; series/half-title printed in red and black precedes specific title-page; pp.xii+503+[i (blank)]; violet fine bead grain cloth, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated dark brown. Nice copy.

The series/half-title reads: ‘The expositor's bible. Edited by the rev. W. Robertson Nicoll, M.A., LL.D., Editor of "The Expositor". The first book of kings By F.W. Farrar, D.D., F.R.S. Hodder and Stoughton, 27, Paternoster Row, MDCCCXCIII'

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FARRAR (F.W., D.D., F.R.S, Dean of Canterbury). The Herods. Service & Paton, 5 Henrietta Street, 1898. Blank before half-title; pp.[xx]+236; vertically fine ribbed bright purple cloth, blocked and embossed blind, lettered blind and gilt, on front cover, blocked and embossed, blocked and lettered with publisher's name and monogram device, all blind, on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very slight dulling of spine; end-papers lightly embrowned; bold inscription dated ‘June 29. 1898' on blank; otherwise a fine copy.

Issued as the first volume of ‘The Popular Biblical Library'.

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FARRAR (Frederic W., D.D., F.R.S., Dean of Canterbury, And Deputy Clerk of the Closet to the Queen). True religion: Sermons. S.T. Freemantle, 217 Piccadilly, 1899. Sepiatone photogravure portrait frontispiece, with tissue guard; final blank; pp.[xiv]+205+[iii]; very fine crushed morocco grain dark bluish purple cloth, blocked bright and matt gilt, lettered gilt, and dark bluish purple through matt gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers faced greyish brown. Tissue embrowned, with very light off-setting, half-title and last two leaves lightly foxed; small erasure from one blank fore-margin, leaving slight thinning; otherwise a nice copy.

An uncommon title by the author of ‘Eric: or, Little by Little'.

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FIELD (Eugene). The Love Affairs Of A bibliomaniac. London: John Lane, Bodley Head [sic]; New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1896. F'cap 8vo; leaf excised before half-title leaf, as issued; cancel title-page (on supercalendered paper), mounted on a stub; final blank; slightly rough milk-coffee coloured cloth, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Bold ownership signature on half-title page; a little, very light, marking of covers; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

With the bookplate of Harriet K. James on the front paste-down. Printed in New York. The English issue.

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FITZGERALD (Edward). Works of Edward Fitzgerald Translator of Omar Khayy m Reprinted From the original impressions, with some corrections Derived from his own annotated copies. In two volumes. New York and Boston, Houghton, Mifflin & Co. / London, Bernard Quaritch, 1887. Med.8vo; binder's blank before half-title in each volume, binder's blank at end; portrait frontispiece with thin paper guard in volume one, and one plate printed in sepia, one in black and white; pp.[xxxii]+477+[i (blank)]; 531+[i (blank)]; bevelled blue buckram, paper spine label; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; end-papers printed florally in black. Labels a trifle rubbed, and chipped a little at blank margins; otherwise a nice copy, largely unopened.

Edited anonymously, but from internal evidence it is safe to say that Bernard Quaritch had at least a hand in it, if he were not sole editor, as well as being the English publisher. Presentation copy, inscribed on the binder's blank to volume one in Quaritch's holograph: ‘Presented to Gertrude Middlemast / on her 21st birthday / by one of her admirers: / Bernard Quaritch / London, July 17, 1889'. An important edition, including a good deal of material here first collected, as well as Fitzgerald's latest thoughts and corrections, and some useful notes. CBEL, III, p.251, listing this edition only with a New York imprint. The dual imprint here appears in double column, the publishers being given equal status.

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FITZGERALD (Edward). Works of Edward Fitzgerald Translator of Omar Khayy m Reprinted From the original impressions, with some corrections Derived from his own annotated copies. In two volumes. New York and Boston, Houghton, Mifflin & Co. / London, Bernard Quaritch, 1887. Med.8vo; binder's blank before half-title in each volume, binder's blank at end; portrait frontispiece with thin paper guard in volume one, and one plate printed in sepia, one in black and white; pp.[xxxii]+477+[i (blank)]; 531+[i (blank)]; bevelled blue buckram, paper spine label; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; lower-edges uncut in volume two; end-papers printed florally in black. Labels a trifle rubbed, and chipped a little at blank margins; otherwise a nice copy, largely unopened.

Edited anonymously, but from internal evidence it is safe to say that Bernard Quaritch had at least a hand in it, if he were not sole editor, as well as being the English publisher. An important edition, including a good deal of material here first collected, as well as Fitzgerald's latest thoughts and corrections, and some useful notes. CBEL, III, p.251, listing this edition only with a New York imprint. The dual imprint here appears in double column, the publishers being given equal status.

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FITZGERALD (Edward). Miscellanies. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1900. F'cap 8vo; title-page printed in red and black; 4pp. inserted publisher's advertisements, dated 10.3.00, at end; blue buckram, ruled blind, blocked gilt, and with series initials blue through gilt, on front cover, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. Spine just a trifle dull; end-papers foxed, and front paste-down slightly chipped; otherwise a very nice copy.

Issued as a volume in the Golden Treasury Series. Edited, with a Preface, by William Aldis Wright. The contents are here first collected or first published.

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FITZGERALD (Percy). Charles Townshend, Wit and statesman. Richard Bentley, 8, New Burlington Street, Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty, 1866. Lge.post 8vo; advertisement leaf before half-title; engraved portrait frontispiece; light brown patterned sand grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed; end-papers coated reddish brown. Cloth worn at one corner of spine; pencil notes on back end-papers, and one pencil correction in the text; offsetting from frontispiece; first and last few leaves foxed, and a very little light foxing and dusting passim; otherwise a nice copy.



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FLETCHER (J.S.). The Wonderful Wapentake. Illustrated by J. Ayton Symington. London: John Lane; Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co., 1895. Half-tone frontispiece and seventeen plates, all with tissue guards; integral advertisement leaf followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue dated 1894, at end; pp.[xii]+[250]+[ii (verso blank)]; vertically fine ribbed olive green cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Cloth slightly faded on spine and at top of back cover; contemporary ownership inscription on upper margin of half-title; otherwise a nice copy.

The author's name is given on the title-page and spine as ‘J.S. Fletcher': on the front cover as ‘A Son of the Soil'. Rural essays about men and things, some involving conversations with animals, reprinted from the ‘Leeds Murcury' and the London ‘Star'. The Wapentake of the title was that of Osgoldcross. In this copy p.92 contains a number of typographical faults: l.14, ‘It' lacking at start of line; l.24, ‘are' lacking at start of line; and ‘A' lacking at stant of last line: state or issue significance (if any) undetermined.

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[FORD earlier,] HUEFFER (Ford M.). Ford Madox Brown: A Record of his Life and Work By Ford M. Hueffer. With numerous reproductions. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1896. Med.8vo; half-title and title printed in red and black; collotype sepiatone frontispiece, and thirteen plates in sepia, seven in black and white, each with a printed thin paper guard; twenty-six half-tone plates; seven illustrations in the text; final leaf trade advertisement; pp.xx+459+[i]; ivory buckram, elaborately decorated in blue, scarlet, and green, lettered gilt, and ivory through scarlet, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers faced very dark grey. Very light marking of back cover and spine, spine very lightly embrowned, and gilt just fractionally rubbed; small scratch and a little very light rubbing affecting blue enamel on front cover; white backs of end-papers embrowned and a little foxed, with slight offsetting; otherwise a fine copy of a book that seldom survives well, the splendid front cover in particular being very bright and fresh.

Fredeman, 41.18. The only full length biographical and critical study of Ford Madox Brown's life & work. The cover design is by Henry Coleshaw.

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[FORD, earlier] HUEFFER (Ford Madox). The Cinque Ports: A Historical and Descriptive Record. Illustrated by William Hyde. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, 1900. Demy 4to in eights; blank leaf before half-title; title-page printed in red and black; frontispiece and thirteen other fine photogravure plates, all with tissue guards printed in red, and nineteen illustrations on text-paper; cream coarse buckram lettered and blocked with a design in gilt on spine and front cover; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers coated red. Very slight marking of buckram; corners a trifle bruised; a very little foxing here and there; otherwise a fine copy.

A notably scarce title, beautifully illustrated.

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FORSTER (John). The Life and adventures Of Oliver Goldsmith. A biography in four books. London: Bradbury & Evans, 11, Bouverie Street; and Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand, 1848. Demy 8vo; wood-engraved half-title, vignette on title, and numerous illustrations and facsimile in text; pp.[xx]+704; moss-green horizontal straight grain morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Slight fading of spine, and two or three small faded spots on front cover; otherwise a fine copy.

The illustrations are by by Stanfield, Maclise, Leech, Richard Doyle, and Hamerton.

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FOWLER (Thomas). Locke. Macmillan and Co., 1880. Wire stitched; pp.viii+200; 4pp. publisher's advertisements on slightly thicker paper tipped in at end; scarlet buckram over thin boards, ruled and blocked black, lettered with publisher's monogram scarlet through black on back cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered black and scarlet through black on front cover, ruled and up-lettered black on spine; end-papers coated black. Slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spine, and covers just a trifle marked and dull; end-papers cracked; otherwise a nice copy.

Issued as the nineteenth volume in the series ‘English Men of Letters', under the general editorship of John Morley. The advertisement leaves in this copy list twenty-four titles, twelve as ready, and twelve as in preparation, but does not list this volume at all!

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