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Literature English and American first and early editions of books generally printed between 1800 and 1930 with a special emphasize on high spots in literature, 1890's, children's authors and Pre-Raphaelite poets, critics and circle.
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[Blake, William] The Botanic Garden
London: J. Johnson, 1791, 1791. First and Third Editions. Large quarto. Two parts. London: J. Johnson, 1791. Two volumes. Part 1, The Economy of Vegetation is the First Edition; Part 2, The Loves of the Plants, is the Third Edition. Bound together in contemporary calf, morocco label on spine. Complete... (Item #1086)
Price: $2,750.00
[Blake, William] The Botanic Garden. William. Darwin Blake, Erasmus.
The Professor. A Tale
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1857. First American Edition. 12mo. Original brown blind-stamped cloth. Presented by someone, signed "Bronte" with her characteristic long 'T," but none of the Bronte sisters were alive in 1857, so this may have been a relative, or even a coincidence. wear and some chipping to... (Item #155)
Price: $475.00
The Professor. A Tale. Charlotte Bronte.
Greek Christian Poets and the English Poets
London: Chapman & Hall, 1863. First edition. Original green pebbled cloth, gilt spine. Very good or better copy. (Item #461)
Price: $250.00
Greek Christian Poets and the English Poets. Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Last Poems
London: Chapman and Hall, 1862. First edition. 8vo. Original blind-stamped blue cloth. Covers with wear, rear hinge cracked. Scarce. (Item #311)
Price: $285.00
Last Poems. Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Christmas-Eve and Easter Day
London: Chapman & Hall, 1850. First edition. 12mo. Green gilt cloth. Half-title present. Covers sl. worn, internally clean and bright. Variant binding not in Colbeck. (Item #230)
Price: $250.00
Christmas-Eve and Easter Day. Robert Browning.
[Bewick, Thomas] The Poetical Works of Robert Burns. With his life. Engravings on wood by Bewick.
Alnwick: Catnach and Davison, 1808. First edition. Two volumes. Original gray paper covered boards with white paper spines. 14 full-page wood engravings and 45 tailpiece engravings by Thomas Bewick. With printers two-line colophon at very end, 1808 as called for. Expertly rebacked to match original style. A very scarce Thomas... (Item #1218)
Price: $725.00
[Bewick, Thomas] The Poetical Works of Robert Burns. With his life. Engravings on wood by Bewick. Robert Burns.
Byron, The Works
London: John Murray, 1819. First thus. Three volumes. Very attractive bound in contemporary black pebble grain morocco with swirling gilt foliage and ruling on both covers, spine elaborately gilt; both covers with ornate blindstamped central medallion and border design. Glazed endpapers with gilt leaf pattern, inner dentelles with gilt impressed... (Item #1064)
Price: $850.00
Byron, The Works. George Gordon Noel Byron.
Hours of Idleness, A Series of Poems, Original and Translated
Newark: S. and J. Ridge, 1807. First Edition, Later Printing. Finely bound in full dark brown crushed morocco with gilt ruled borders, three-dot motif in corners, five wrap-around embossed strapwork devices connecting five raised bands which have gilt ruled borders. A fine copy of the rare first edition with later... (Item #937)
Price: $1,250.00
Hours of Idleness, A Series of Poems, Original and Translated. George Gordon Noel Byron.
Werner, A Tragedy
London: 1823, John Murray. First edition. 8vo. 188pp, with 7p prospectus at end. Original drab brown wrappers. Appears to be first edition, 2nd issue with the words, "The End" appearing on p. 188. House in folders with attached slipcase/box. Very good bright copy. (Item #435)
Price: $395.00
Werner, A Tragedy. Lord Byron.
Gilead Balm, Knight Errant
New York: The Baker & Taylor Co. n.d. [1911]. First American edition. Red fine wove cloth, white lettering cover and spine. Eight full-page plates by Cyrus Cuneo and others. White on lettering partially lost (owing to poor quality of ink), otherwise a near fine copy. Scarce. (Item #869)
Price: $85.00
Gilead Balm, Knight Errant. Bernard Capes.
The Poetical Works of Collins, Gray and Beattie
New York: Turner and Hayden, 1844. First printing. 12mo. Original brown cloth with elaborate gilt designs both covers and spine. A.E.G. Bright copy of an early decorative cloth binding. (Item #142)
Price: $125.00
The Poetical Works of Collins, Gray and Beattie. Gray and Beattie Collins.
Home as Found
Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1838. First edition. 8vo. Two volumes. Original beige cloth. Rubbing and soling to covers, foxing throughout as commonly found (paper for this book was poor quality). Still a nice presentable first edition of a scarce Cooper title. (Item #201)
Price: $425.00
Home as Found. James Fennimore Cooper.
Comic Dramas in Three Acts
London: R. Hunter, 1817. First edition. 12mo. Contemporary paper covered boards, half green calf. Covers sl. worn, internally very clean and tight. Scarce title. (Item #312)
Price: $185.00
Comic Dramas in Three Acts. Maria Edgeworth.
[Edgeworth, Maria] Harrington, and Ormond, Tales
London: R. Hunter; Baldwin, Cradock and Joy Publishers, 1817. Second edition. 8vo. Three Volumes. Original or contemporary boards, cloth-backed with printed paper labels on each spine. The scarce 'second edition' so-stated, with 'corrections' published in the same year as the first edition. Labels well chipped, covers show wear. Internally, all... (Item #168)
Price: $375.00
[Edgeworth, Maria] Harrington, and Ormond, Tales. Maria Edgeworth.
The Beggar's Opera
London: Printed for John Watts, 1728. Modern half calf, marbled paper covered boards. Early edition without printed music. 58pp. Some repair to title page, else very good copy of a scarce edition of this classic. (Item #1125)
Price: $550.00
The Beggar's Opera. John Gay.
Gibbon's History of the the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Abridged in Two Volumes
London: Printed for G. Kearsley, 1789. First edition of Abridged Editiion. Two Volumes. Contemporary full sprinkled calf, matching red morocco labels and gilt ruling to spines. An exemplary set, near fine internally, hinges expertly repaired. A nice example of Gibbon's enduring classic. In custom slipcase. (Item #1120)
Price: $1,850.00
Gibbon's History of the the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Abridged in Two Volumes. Edward Gibbon.
Ruy Blas; Oeuvres Completes de Victor Hugo. Drame.
Paris & Leipzig: H. Delloye, Chez Brockhaus, 1838. First edition. 8vo. Original printed wrappers with ad on back for Les Rayons et Les Ombres. 250pp. Collated complete. Wrappers chipped, esp. on outer margin affecting cover and two prelim pages, but no loss of text, soiling, foxing and not wholly detracting... (Item #434)
Price: $350.00
Ruy Blas; Oeuvres Completes de Victor Hugo. Drame. Vicor Hugo.
The Descent of Liberty, A Mask
London: Gale and Fenner, 1816. New Edition. 12mo. Three-quarter green morocco, blue cloth, sl. rubbed. Somewhat scarce, early Leith Hunt title. (Item #60)
Price: $275.00
The Descent of Liberty, A Mask. Leigh Hunt.
Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets; With Critical Observations on Their Works
London: C. Bathurst, etc. 1781. Four Volumes. First Authorized and Separate Edition. Contemporary mottled calf, expertly recased. A near fine copy of this classic work by Johnson with occasional foxing, but overall a very clean, tight and attractive set. Portrait frontispiece of Johnson in Volume One is in the state... (Item #1121)
Price: $1,200.00
Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets; With Critical Observations on Their Works. Samuel Johnson.
Seven Pillars of Wisdom
London: Jonathon Cape, 1935. First edition. First Trade edition. Thick quarto with original cream printed dust wrapper with bold lettering in black on cover and spine (no other notation. Black and white portrait frontispiece. Side and bottom edges untrimmed. A fine copy of the book, wrapper near fine with a.... (Item #1126)
Price: $750.00
Seven Pillars of Wisdom. T. E. Lawrence.
[Mew, Egan-Presentation] A London Comedy and Other Vanities
London: George Redway, 1897. First edition. Beige cloth with gilt stylized clown on cover. Presentation copy to a friend, W.K. ("Willie") along with ALS signed (2pp). Presentation: "To W.K. you are, dear Willie, an amateur of the Nineties and so will, perhaps, forgive this untidy souvenir of the end of... (Item #455)
Price: $250.00
[Mew, Egan-Presentation] A London Comedy and Other Vanities. Egan Mew.
[Moulton, Louise Chandler] My Third Book. A Collection of Tales
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1859. First edition. 8vo. Original pebbled cloth. Presentation Copy to a famed violinist: "Will dear Mrs. Bull forgive the immaturity of these youthful pages for the sake of the author's love? Louise Chandler Moulton, March 16, 1881." Spine sl. chipped at extr., covers sl. faded... (Item #182)
Price: $250.00
[Moulton, Louise Chandler] My Third Book. A Collection of Tales. Louise Chandler Moulton.
Poems by a Painter
Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1861. First edition. Original fine ribbed white cloth with gilt decorative design of palette and xylophone, gilt ruled borders on front cover, gilt spine. Beveled boards, violet endpapers. In the Pre-Raphaelite circle, Paton only produced two volumes of verse and this one is... (Item #940)
Price: $275.00
Poems by a Painter. J. Noel Paton.
Green Bays: Verses and Parodies
London: Methuen, 1893. First edition. Light green cloth with attractive leaf and vine motif stamped in dark green. Parodies on artists and poets of the day including Algernon Swinburne (A.C.S.), Tennyson (Lort T__n), and perhaps the PRB painter William Waterhouse (W.W). Very good. (Item #941)
Price: $85.00
Green Bays: Verses and Parodies. Arthur Quiller-Coach.
Three Plays by Brieux
London: A. C. Fifield, 1911. First edition. Original beige buckram with lettering on cover and spine in black. Photograveure frontispiece of Brieux, preface by Shaw. TEG. A very nice, tight copy with occasional shelf wear and soling. Near fine internally. Scarce. (Item #780)
Price: $250.00
Three Plays by Brieux. Bernard Shaw, preface.


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