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Boswell James - James Boswell's Letter to Samuel Johnson 20th September 1779

A facsimile, in wraps, of a four page letter (on two sheets) written by Boswell to Johnson published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Boswell's death on 19th May 1795. The green wraps, which are faded towards the edges but otherwise in very good condition, contain a typed version of the letter together with a note on it by Graham Nicholls.
Published : Johnson Society of Lichfield 1995,

Boswell James (Edited By Frederick A. Pottle and Charles H. Bennett) - Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D. 1773

Hardback. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper with minor edge tears. Bookplate of Compton Mackenzie. Pp.xxviii,520. Illustrations. Maps. This is considered by many to be the best of all Boswell's Journals.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1963,

Boswell James Edited By George Birkbeck Hill) - Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica

Hardback. A good copy in brown cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. A little wear to spine ends and board tips. Small ownership inscription. Some foxing. Pp.xiv,242.
Published : Thos. De La Rue & Co, London 1879,

Bray William (editor) - Diary and Correspondence of John Evelyn, F.R.S.

Nd. c. 1920? A substantial volume of 951pp in very good condition. There is a little wear to the spine but the lettering is clear. The diary and correspondence covers the period 1647-1704. Evelyn knew King Charles 11 and King James 11 and many of the ministers of these monarchs.
Published : George Routledge & Sons, London,

Bridges Robert - The Testament of Beauty a Poem in Four Books

A very good copy in marbled boards with a vellum spine lettered in gilt. 175pp. Frontispiece portrait of the poet. Publisher's note on the text tipped in at the end.
Published : Clarendon Press, Oxford 1930,

Brooks Phillips Vaughn - The Writing and Publication History of Compton MacKenzie's Novel the Four Winds of Love

A very good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt on the upper board and with the logo of "The George Peabody College for Teachers" in gilt on the upper board. (This is a prestigious American college now merged into Vanderbilt University). This volume has the appearance of a thesis and appears to be unpublished. It is an inscribed presentation copy from the author to Lady Mackenzie, the widow of Compton Mackenzie. Pp.v,181. This is a substantial work the chapter headings of which are: "Biographical Sketch of Sir Compton Mackenzie;" "Conception and Development of The Four Winds of Love;" "Financial and Publishing Difficulties:" "Publication Dates and Sales Records;" and "Criticism of The Four Winds of Love," this last chapter being by far the longest. There is also a list of works cited and other sources together with a note on the location of Mackenzie's manuscripts and letters. Clearly a scarce item.
Published : 1975,

Brown George Douglas - The House with the Green Shutters

A good copy in black cloth which is faded on the spine and edges. Spine lettering dull. Small ownership stamp on front end-paper. Pp.xl,322. 6 illustrations. Includes a biographical sketch and appreciation of the author by Andrew Melrose.
Published : Andrew Melrose, London 1923,

Brown John - Rab and His Friends and Other Stories

Nd. but presentation label on front end-paper is dated 1910. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in red. 123 pages + adverts. Apart from label - "Presented to Fasque Public School "etc - a lovely copy internally. The other stories are entitled "Our Dogs" and "The Mystery of Black and Tan".
Published : W.P. Nimmo, Hay & Mitchell, Edinburgh,

Browning Mrs. - Casa Guidi Windows

Hardback. Near very good copy in publisher's cream cloth with decorated front board and spine. A little rubbing to board edges. N.d. but colour illustrated endpapers are signed by the artist Chas. Pears with the date1909.Tipped-in colour frontispiece and title page. All edges gilt. 128 pages all bordered with green and red leaves and scrolls. A nice tight copy which is very clean internally.
Published : Collins Clear Type Press, London,

Browning Robert (Edited By Thomas J. Wise) - Pauline; a Fragment of a Confession

Hardback. A good copy in the original grey boards lettered in black on a white titlepiece. Some wear to board tips. Pp.xi,71. This facsimile reprint of the first 1833 edition of Browning's first book is limited to 400 copies.
Published : Richard Clay & Sons, London 1886,

Buchanan George - The Jephtha and Baptist

Small 8vo. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on spine. No ownership inscription and only a little foxing. Unopened. 222 pages + one page adverts. Translated from the Latin by Alexander Gibb. Buchanan was perhaps the pre-eminent Scottish scholar of the 16th century. He was, at different times tutor to Mary Queen of Scots and senior tutor to King James VI of Scotland (to whom The Baptist, being the second of the two sacred dramas in this book, is addressed.). The book also contains Buchanan's eleven page autobiography written two years before his death and a two page letter from Sir Thomas Randolph which seems to have led to the autobiography being written. An uncommon title.
Published : J. Moodie Miller, Edinburgh 1870,

Bulwer Lytton, Edward - Leila; or, the Siege of Granada : And Calderon, the Courtier

A good plus copy. Rebacked with new end-papers. Original spine laid down. Lettered and decorated in gilt on spine with gilt decoration on upper board. Boards now protected by a clear, removable sleeve.[iv],400. 16 plates.
Published : Longman, Orme, Brown, Green and Longmans, London 1838, First Edition

Burns Robert - Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect and Songs Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect - Three Volumes

This three volume set comprises "Edinburgh Poems", "Posthumous Poems" and "Songs". It is limited to 600 copies, is signed by James McKie and contains a list of subscribers. Light blue boards with cream parchment spines which show some browning/foxing. All volumes unopened. A little internal foxing mainly to end-papers. No ownership inscription. "Edinburgh Poems" comprises Burns' poems as they appear in the early Edinburgh editions of his poetry and has a frontispiece portrait of Burns.Overall a very good set of an early edition of Burns' poems and songs.
Published : James Mckie, Kilmarnock 1869,

Burns Robert - The Poetical Works of Robert Burns; Including the Pieces Published in His Correspondence and Reliques: With His Songs and Fragments. To Which are Prefixed, a History of the Poems By His Brother, Gilbert Burns, and a Sketch of His Life

Hardback. 12mo. Two volumes. Externally fair as the spines are chipped and worn although the title pieces are largely present and readable. Internally very good. Contemporaneous ownership inscription. Vol.1,,268. Frontispiece portrait. Vol.11,pp.xii,262.
Published : John Bumpus, London 1822,

Byron Lord - The Poetical Works of Lord Byron With Life

Hardback.N.d. The "Life" is dated 1857. A near very good copy in publisher's attractively blind-stamped brown leather. Title in gilt on spine and Byron's name in gilt on front board. Some rubbing to spine and rear board. Bevelled edges. All edges gilt. No inscriptions. 8 engravings on steel. A little foxing. 576 pages.
Published : Gall & Inglis, Edinburgh,

Calthrop Dion Clayton and Pemberton Max (Editors) - The Dickens Souvenir of 1912

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is a little chipped and torn at the edges. 236pp. Frontispiece and 24 illustrations. Includes articles on Dickens together with a number of extracts from his works. A difficult book to find in dustwrapper.
Published : Chapman & Hall, London 1912,

Campbell Thomas - Gertrude of Wyoming; or, the Pennsylvanian Cottage

A good copy in red cloth which is darkened on the spine and upper board and showing wear at the spine ends and board tips. Bevelled edges. All edges gilt. Pp.viii,95. 35 illustrations by Birket Foster et al engraved by the Brothers Dalziel. A typewritten note tipped-in to the front-endpaper narrates the provenance of the book for its first 100 years.
Published : George Routledge & Co, London 1857,

Captain Marryat - Jacob Faithful

Illustrated by H.M. Brock.
A good copy in dark red cloth lettered in gilt on spine. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. Pp.xxvi,416 + 4pp adverts. 40 full-page black and white illustrations by H.M. Brock.
Published : Macmillan, London 1895,

Carbery Ethna (Anna MacManus) - The Four Winds of Eirinn: Poems

A good copy in rather soiled card covers. Spine a little chipped. Two stamps of a church on front end-paper. Pp.xi,154. Poems of Ireland.
Published : M.H. Gill & Son, Dublin 1906,

Carleton William - Valentine M'Clutchy, the Irish Agent: Or the Chronicles of Castle Cumber

Illustrated by Phiz.
Hardback. A fair copy only in the original gilt-decorated green boards. Some wear and tear to the spine. Pp.xii,468. 19 (of 20) illustrations by Phiz, lacking the illustration at page 49 (and with two others transposed). A good reading copy of this tale of the abuses of Irish landlordism.
Published : James Duffy, Dublin 1847,

Carmichael Mrs. A. C. - Tales of a Grandmother

Hardback. A good plus copy in the original green blind-stamped cloth which shows some fading to the spine (although the lettering remains clear). The boards are now protected by a clear, removable, sleeve. INSCRIBED presentation copy from the author (dated 1857). Some foxing to early and late pages. A story of life in the West Indies.
Published : Richard Bentley, London 1841, First Edition

Carr Sister Mary Callista - Catalogue of the Dickens Collection at the University of Texas

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which has a smallish to medium-size stain on the front cover. Pp.ix,195. Illustrated. The catalogue of an extensive Dickens collection. This is no.154 of 500 copies.
Published : University of Texas, Austin 1961, First Edition

Carr Sister Mary Callista - Catalogue of the Dickens Collection At the University of Texas

Hardback. A very good copy in a good plus dustwrapper which shows a little edge wear. No ownership inscription. This is no. 153 of 500 copies. Pp.ix,195. Illustrated. The catalogue of an extensive Dickens collection.
Published : Humanities Research Center University of Texas, Austin Texas 1961, First Edition

Cervantes - The Spanish Ladie and Two Other Stories from Cervantes Translated from the Original By James Mabbe 1640 and Newly Illustrated By Douglas Percy Bliss

Illustrated by Douglas Percy Bliss.
. A very good copy in paper covered boards with red cloth spine lettered in gilt. Lower board tips slightly bumped. Previous owner's ex libris plate on front free end-paper. Top edge spotted otherwise clean throughout. 197 pages. Illustrations, some in colour, by Douglas Percy Bliss. Note loosely inserted containing gift inscription from Isabel Bliss (presumably a relative of the illustrator).
Published : Oxford University Press 1928,

Cervantes Miguel De - Don Quixote De La Mancha

Hardback. 16mo. Nd. Probably mid-19th century. A good plus copy in reddish-brown cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Spine faded but lettering clear. All edges gilt. Lacks front end-paper and half-title. No ownership inscription. Pp.ix,491. Numerous tissue-guarded steel engravings.
Published : Charles Daly, London,

Chamberlin Kate - Brookdale. A Story

Hardback. A good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. Pp. [vi],154 + 32pp adverts dated 5/82. Lacks rear blank end-paper. Scarce.
Published : Griffith and Farran, London 1883, First Edition

Chang H.C. - Allegory and Courtesy in Spenser a Chinese View

A very good, bright, copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.x,227.
Published : Edinburgh University Press 1955, First Edition

Chaucer Geoffrey (Edited By Thomas Tyrwhitt) - The Canterbury Tales of Chaucer; with an Essay on His Language and Versification, an Introductory Discourse, Notes, and a Glossary By Tho. Tyrwhitt, Esq.

Hardback. A very good five volume set in a half-leather binding. Spines lettered in gilt on maroon title-pieces. Top edges gilt. Marbled end-papers. Two bookplates in each volume. A clean set with only a little light foxing. Frontispiece and one other plate in Volume One. A nice set of a sought-after edition of the Canterbury Tales. Photograph available on request.
Published : William Pickering, London 1830,

Chesterton G.K. - Greybeards at Play : Literature and Art for Old Gentlemen

Hardback. A very good copy in decorative paper-covered boards with orange cloth spine lettered in black. In a very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. No ownership inscription and not foxed. Pp.xi,102. Black and white illustrations by the author. This is a re-issue of Chesterton's first book which was published in 1900.
Published : Sheed & Ward, London 1930,

Chiari Joseph - The Poetic Drama of Paul Claudel

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which has minor edge tears. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. 186 pages.
Published : The Harvill Press, London 1954, First Edition

Clarke Graham (editor) - Thomas Hardy: Critical Assessments Four Volume Set

Hardback. Fine copies in publisher's black cloth with title in gilt on front board and on spine. Endpapers and page ends in green. Vol. I The Contemporaray Response, Pp.xviii, 391. Vol. II The Writer and the Poet,415. Vol. III Writers, Writing and Wessex Pp.vii,447 and Vol. IV A Twentieth Century Overview Pp.vii,565. Each volume has a frontispiece and Vol.III has maps. The slipcase is near very good with one tear and rubbing to one edge. A nice set.
Published : Helm Information Ltd., Mountfield,near Robertsbridge , East Sussex 1993, First Edition

Cleland John - Memoirs of a Coxcomb

Hardback. Nd. 1950s? A very good copy in dark grey cloth lettered in gilt. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 217 pages. Reprint of an 18th century erotic novel by the author of "Fanny Hill".
Published : Fortune Press, London,

Cocker W. D. - Brave Days of Old: Tales of the Western Highlands

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. No ownership inscription and not foxed. 212 pages.
Published : Gowans & Gray, Glasgow and London 1926, First Edition

Colman George, the Younger - Poetical Vagaries; and Vagaries Vindicated

Hardback. 16mo. A good copy in a full leather binding. Lacks title-piece. Marbled end-papers. Ownership inscription. Pp.xvi,217. Illustrations. This is the second edition of two volumes of humorous poetry, published together here for the first time.
Published : Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, London 1814,

Cossart Gabriel - Orationes et Carmina

Hardback. 16mo. A very good copy in a half-leather binding with marbled boards. Bookplate of the novelist, Compton Mackenzie. Pp.297,iii. Title page vignette. Essays and poetry. Text in Latin.
Published : Freres Barbou, Paris 1723,

Cowell Henry J. - Robert Louis Strevenson an Englishman's Re-Study, After Fifty Years, of R.L.S. The Man

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Gift inscription. 104pp. Interesting essays on Stevenson.
Published : The Epworth Press, London 1945, First Edition

Cowper William - The Task/ Table Talk and Other Poems/Minor Poems Parts I and II

Hardbacks. 16mo. A very good three volume set in a full grey leather binding decorated in gilt and lettered in gilt on maroon title-pieces. Marbled edges and end-papers. A little wear to spine ends and edges. Gift inscription in each volume. Frontispiece vignette and other engravings in each volume.
Published : John Sharpe, London 1825,

Crabbe George - The Poetical Works of George Crabbe - A New Edition Illustrated with a life

Hardback. A near very good copy in blind-stamped red cloth which is lettered and decorated in gilt. All edges gilt. Bevelled edges. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xx,466 + 2pp publisher's adverts. Tissue-guarded illustrations. Boards now protected by a clear, removable, sleeve.
Published : G. Routledge & Co, London 1858,

Crane Stephen - The Little Regiment and Other Episodes of the American Civil War

A good copy in green cloth lettered in white. Binding starting to come loose. 150 pages. A volume in the "Pioneer Series".
Published : William Heinemann, London 1897,

Cripps Arthur Shearly - Faerylands Forlorn: AfricanTales

Harfback. A good copy in publisher's red cloth with title in gilt on spine which is faded. Previous owner's name and address on front free endpaper. 232 pages. Short stories set in Africa.
Published : B.H.Blackwell, Oxford 1910, First Edition

Crithannah Job [Birch, Jonathan] - Fifty-One Original Fables, with Morals and Ethical Index ---also a Translation of Plutarch's Banquet of the Seven Sages Revised for This Work

Illustrated by R. Cruickshank.
Nd. c.1840? A near very good copy in a green half-leather binding with lighter green pebbled boards. Spine lettered in gilt on a red title-piece and with five raised bands. Some rubbing to spine and board tips. Marbled edges and end-papers. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. A little end-paper foxing but otherwise clean. 251 pages. Eighty-five engraved plates by R. Cruickshank.
Published : Black And Armstrong, London,

Da Filicaia, Vincenzo - Posie Di Vincenzo Da Filicaia Patrizio Fiorentino

Hardback. 16mo. Two volumes in one. A good copy in a half-leather binding with marbled boards. Lettered in gilt on a maroon title-piece. Spine chipped, worn at ends and with a trace of a vertical crack. Ownership inscription dated 1790. Vol. I,pp.lix, 247. Vol. II,pp.324. Frontispiece to vol. I and title page illustration to each volume. Text in Italian.
Published : , Londra 1781,

Dale Alzina Stone (editor} - Dorothy L.Sayers:The Centenary Celebration

Hardback. A fine copy in publisher's deep pink cloth with title in silver on black spine. INSCRIBED presentation copy from editor on title page and dated Sept.16, 1993. 166 pages including 4 page Index. Fine dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. 1993 "marks the celebration of the one hundredth birthday of Dorothy L.Sayers, and in honour of that centenary, Alzina Stone Dale has gathered some of today's finest and most popular mystery writers and critics to discuss the ways in which Sayers - through her own crime writing and commentary - taught them their trade and rhe manner in which she viewed the mystery as a morality play."
Published : Walker & Company, New York 1993, First Edition

Dalin Talmage - European Relations a Tirolese Sketch

Softback. A good copy in yellow wraps. No ownership inscription. A little edge foxing. 200 pages. "Fasque" label on front cover. (Fasque was the ancestral home of the Gladstone family). The ninth volume in the Pseudonym Library.
Published : T. Fisher Unwin, London 1891,

Daniels Major C. H. (Editor) - The Cockpit: Flying Adventures

A near good copy in blue cloth lettered in dark blue. Undated but the publisher's catalogue at the rear is dated Autumn 1937 and a gift inscription on thy front end-paper is dated 1938. Some foxing. 220 pages + 38pp publisher's catalogue. 4 illustrations. Includes contributions by W. E. Johns ("The Ace of Spades"), Arch Whitehouse etc.
Published : John Hamilton, London,

Davenant Francis - Hubert Ellis a Story of King Richard's Days the Second

Hardback. A good copy in green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. All edges gilt. Nd. but c.1866. Probably first edition. Two title pages one showing the publisher as S.O. Beeton and the other showing Ward, Lock & Tyler. Foxing to end-papers, title page etc. Some wear to edge between spine and upper board. Pp.viii,414. Coloured frontispiece (foxed) and black and white plates and text illustrations. Historical fiction.
Published : S. O. Beeton, London,

Davidson John - Perfervid the Career of Ninian Jamieson

Illustrated by Harry Furniss.
Just about good in red cloth which is a little creased, worn and marked. One gathering loose. Some end-paper and fore-edge foxing. 254pp + 2pp adverts. Frontispiece. 23 illustrations by Harry Furniss. A fantasy set in Scotland.
Published : Ward and Downey, London 1890, First Edition

Dawbarn C. Y. C. - Uncrowned: a Story of Queen Elizabeth and the early Life of Francis "Bacon"

Illustrated by J. Y. Dawbarn.
Hardback. A good copy in green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. The upper board shows some marking/fading. No ownership inscription. Pp.xi,192. Chapter head-pieces. This is a historical romance prefixed by a factual statement of the historical setting and with a number of factual Appendices.
Published : Longmans Green & Co, London 1913, First Edition

De Foe [Defoe], Daniel - Life of Colonel Jack

Hardbacks. 16mo. A two volume set being volumes sixth and seventh of the novels of Daniel De Foe. Leather bound, showing some wear and lacking spines. Marbled edges. Internally very good. Bookplates. Volume Sixth, pp.xii,259. Volume Seventh, pp.vii,251.
Published : John Ballantyne & Co, Edinburgh 1810,