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Boccaccio Giovanni - The Story of Griselda Being the Tenth Story of the Tenth Day from the Decameron

Hardback. A very good copy in paper covered boards with grey cloth spine. Top edge gilt. 20 pages. This is number 356 of 500 copies on Batchelor hand-made paper. Printed in the Riccardi Press fount. Translated by J.M. Rigg.
Published : Philip Lee Warner for the Medici Society, London 1909,

Bold Alan - To Find the New

A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. Inscribed by the author. 64pp. Poetry.
Published : Chatto & Windus, London 1968,

Bon Gaultier (Editor) - The Book of Ballads

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. All edges gilt. A nice clean copy, not foxed and with no ownership inscription. Pp.v,256 + 4pp adverts. Black and white illustrations by Doyle, Leech and Crowquill.
Published : William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh 1874,

Bon Gaultier (Editor) - The Book of Ballads

Illustrated by Doyle, Leech and Crowquill.
Hardback. A good copy in a full leather binding. Title piece and five raised bands on spine. Only some scuffing to front board prevents this book from being very good. Marbled end-papers and edges. Bookplate. Ownership inscription. Pp.v,256. Humourous illustrations throughout.
Published : William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh 1857,

Bone, Gertrude - Women of the Country

A good copy in the original boards. Top edge gilt. Pictorial end-papers. Small gift inscription. 191 pages. Frontispiece by Muirhead Bone. A fictional work about countrywomen.
Published : Duckworth & Co, London 1913,

Borland R. - Yarrow: Its Poets and Poetry

A near very good copy in a red half-leather binding. Lettered in gilt on spine. Top edge gilt. Some wear to board tips and spine ends. No ownership inscription and little foxing. Pp.viii,239. Extra-illustrated edition with 12 full-page tissue-guarded plates. Further illustrations in text. Introduction and Notes.
Published : Thomas Fraser, Dalbeattie 1890, First Edition

Borras F.M. - Maxim Gorky the Writer an Interpretation

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Ownership inscription. Pp.xxvii,195. An evaluation of Gorky's work.
Published : Oxford University Press 1967, First Edition

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 Elizabeth Barrett - Sonnets from the Portuguese

Softback. A very good copy in publisher's dark crimson suede with title in gilt on front cover. N.d. but gift inscription on front end-paper is dated Xmas 1924. Illustrated endpapers. Top edge gilt. 93 pages + 3 pages of titles from The King's Treasury series. A nice tight and internally clean copy.
Published : George G.Harrap & Co. Ltd., London,

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,

Bulter, Rhoda - Doobled-Up: All the Shetland Poems from Shaela and a Nev Foo A Coarn

Hardback. A very good copy in laminated boards. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 121 pages. Illustrated. Poems in the Shetland dialect with a glossary.
Published : Thuleprint Ltd, Sandwick Shetland 1978, First Edition

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,

Burns Robert (Edited By James Barke and Sydney Goodsir Smith) - The Merry Muses of Caledonia

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Trace of a smallish label having been removed from front free end-paper otherwise a nice clean copy internally. 223 pages. 3 illustrations. Presents in an "unexpurgated, scholarly edition the most authentic versions available of Robert Burns's original texts." A collection of bawdy songs written or collected by Burns.
Published : Macdonald Publishers, Loanhead 1982,

Burton Richard F. - Supplemental Nights to the Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night with Notes Anthropological and Explanatory [Vols. 1-6]

Hardbacks. A good to very good set of six volumes in black cloth decorated in silver and lettered in silver and black. Top edges red. Fading to spine of volume one (but lettering readable). Bookplate of Sir Alfred Sherlock Gooch in each volume. Some rubbing to boards and a little light edge foxing but contents clean and unmarked. Photograph available on request. (Please note postage will be higher than the stated figure).
Published : Kamashastra Society, Benares 1886, First Edition

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,

Byron, Lord - Manfred: A Tragedy

Illustrated by Frederick Carter.
A very good copy in purple silk boards with vellum spine. The purple is faded to the top half inch or so of the upper and lower boards.Lettered in gilt on the spine and with gilt decoration to the upper board. Top edge gilt. Some browning to end-papers. No ownership inscription Full-page tissue-guarded illustrations and black and white head and tail pieces. This is no. 399 of 550 copies printed in poliphilus roman with an Introduction by Frederick Carter.
Published : The Fanfrolico Press, London 1929,

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,

Cervantes Miguel De - The History of Don Quixote De La Mancha

Illustrated by Jean De Bosschere.
4to. A very good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and decorated in gilt on the upper board. Small tear in cloth at head of spine. A clean copy internally without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xxiv,311. Many illustrations including colour. Introductory essay by J.B. Trend.
Published : Constable, London 1922,

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

Chatterton Thomas [Edited By Thomas Tyrwhitt] - Poems, Supposed to Have Been Written at Bristol, By Thomas Rowley and Others, in the Fifteenth Century

A good plus copy in a full leather binding which has been rebacked. Five raised bands on spine which is lettered in gilt. Old ownership inscription on half title. Some browning to end-papers. Pp.xxvii,333. Plate at page 288. The title continues: "The Third Edition; To Which is Added an Appendix, Containing Some observations upon the Language of these Poems; Tending to Prove, that they were Written, not by any Ancient Author, but Entirely by Thomas Chatterton." Thus these are actually 18th century poems by Chatterton who was a serious poet in his own right.
Published : T. Payne and Son, London 1778,

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

Clark John - A Blaw O' Culter Air

A very good copy. Softcover. Inscribed by the author. 48 pages. Poetry in the dialect of north-east Scotland.
Published : Culter Community Council 1982, 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,