Scott, Sir Walter
Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field
William Smith, 1839. A very handsome copy of Scott's epic poem of Flodden Field, bound in dark blue leather with extensive tooled and gilt decoration to the front and back of the cover and the spine. Minimal rubbing to the head and foot of the spine, all edges gilt. The frontispiece and title page are foxed, and there are owner inscriptions on the ffep, otherwise the book is clean and bright and very tight in its binding. A high quality edition in very good plus condition. 4 by 6 1/2 inches, 216pp
The Princess: A Medley
Edward Moxon, 1849, second edition. Green cloth, gilt titles on spine, blind-stamped decoration on boards. Spine faded and split along back hinge. Owner inscriptions on front pastedown, otherwise clean and bright. Good condition. 8 pages of advertisements before the first blank page. 164pp.
Omar Khayyam, Edward Fitzgerald
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Publisher: George G. Harrap, undated but 1913. Bound in light grey-green cloth with heavy gilt decorations and titles on the spine and top board. Decorative endpapers. Top edges trimmed, other edges untrimmed.
Publisher: Basil Montagu Pickering, 1859, first collected form. Bound in full green leather with five raised bands to the spine. Titles and borders in gilt on the top board and spine, gilt borders to the lower board and the inner dentelles. All edges green.
Publisher: David Stott, 1888, one of a limited edition of 1000. Bound in full green leather with five raised bands to the spine, titles stamped in blind on the spine and top board, border of stars stamped in blind on the boards and inner dentelles, title on top board contained within a wreath also stamped in blind. All edges gilt. Red and black titles, portrait frontispiece, and vignette on title page.
Publisher: Walter Scott, 1886, first thus (second British edition). Bound in dark blue cloth, uncut edges.
Omar Khayyam, Edward Fitzgerald, Jami
Publisher: Bernard Quaritch, 1879, fourth edition, but the first to include Salaman and Absal. Translated by Edward Fitzgerald. Bound in quarter black leather with maroon cloth boards. Top edges gilt, titles in gilt on the spine.
Publisher: John Murray, 1960, first edition, first printing in dust wrapper. Green boards with blind stamped bells design and titles in gilt on the spine. Bells design repeated on the endpapers. Illustrated with line drawings by Michael Tree.
Henrik Ibsen/Arthur Rackham
Publisher: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London, 1936, first edition. Bound in the publisher’s tan cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and top board, and gilt vignette on the top board. Decorative endpapers, designed by Arthur Rackham. Illustrated with twelve full colour plates by Rackham, and line drawings throughout as headers and footers. In the original dust jacket with a wrap around illustration by Rackham, which is not reproduced elsewhere within the book. Top edges red, untrimmed fore-edges.
Publisher: Longmans Paternoster row and Hughes, St Martin Le Grand, London; Brewster, Swansea and Thomas, Llanelly, 1848, first edition. Bound in the publisher’s green cloth with titles and decorations in gilt on the spine and blind-stamped decorations on both boards.
Publisher: Macmillan and Co. Limited, 1914, first edition. Bound in publisher’s green cloth with gilt vignette on the top board and titles in gilt on the spine. Uncut edges.
Macmillan & Co, 1888, first edition. Green cloth, gilt titles on spine, very light shelf wear, clean and in very good condition. Some very small areas of very light foxing on the endpapers, otherwise clean. First publication of the first book of the first part of The Recluse, which was left in manuscript form by Wordsworth.
Michel Levy Freres, Librairie Nouvelle, 1872, 1st edition. Red cloth spine and corners, green marbled boards. Boards scuffed with minor edgewear. Corners bumped, top and bottom of spine bumped, slight tearing, small losses, overall condition very good. Pages have light foxing, mainly to initial and final pages, and there are slight damp marks to the bottom of the first 40 pages, otherwise clean and tight in binding. 331pp. A rare copy of Hugo's long poem about the Terrible Year. 4 by 6 1/2 inches, 216pp
With Notes Variorum and the Prolegomena Of Scriblerus
Publisher: Printed for Lawton Gilliver, London, the second edition, with some additional Notes, 1729. Bound in full contemporary calf, bumped and rubbed, back hinge partly cracked, but firmly attached, front board reattached. One owner name dated 1739 on the ffep, an occasional light mark, and on page 190 in the appendix at the bottom of a list of works referring to the Dunciad, there is added in an eighteenth century hand 'To these add Pope Alexander's Supremacy & Infallibility examined, in 4to. 1729. by Geo. Duckit.' Otherwise the text block is remarkably clean and bright. Frontispiece engraving.
La Divina Commedia di Dante Alighieri
Giaridotta A Miglior Lezione
Col Comento Del P. Pompeo Venturi
Publisher: Presso Leonardo Ciardetti, 1821, Firenze (Florence). Three volumes, Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, bound with vellum spines and corners, and dark pink paper covered boards. Titles and lavish decorations in gilt on the spines. All edges red. An engraved frontispiece in each volume, plus, in Volume One, an engraving of the circles of the Inferno in Dante’s conception.
On the endpaper of each volume there is the bookplate of Theodore W. Rathbone, Allerton Priory. Theodore was a member of the distinguished Liverpool Rathbone family, bankers and brokers in that city, and an ancestor of the actor, Basil Rathbone, most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.
The volumes are in very good condition, the top board of Volume One has been reattached, and the front hinges of the other two volumes have been discreetly reinforced. The pink paper on the boards is rubbed. The gilt decorations on the spine have some rubbed areas, but are still very beautiful. There is chipping to all the spine labels. The books have foxing throughout, heaviest to the frontispieces and title pages and to the final few pages, sporadic in the body of the volumes. Bright and clean otherwise.
Octavos, 23.5 cm tall; Volume One, xxvi, 422 pages; Volume Two, 423 pages; Volume Three, 456 pages.
A very attractive set with a distinguished provenance.
The Works of Tennyson in Thirteen Volumes.
Kegan Paul, Trench & Co, 1883, first thus. Royal blue cloth with gilt titles on spine, all edges red. Pocket size volumes, 5 inches,13 cm, tall. Of the thirteen volumes in this edition, one is missing, vol. IV, Lucretius, and other Poems. The twelve here on offer are all in very good condition, with one small owner inscription on the ffep of each and very light scattered foxing of the eps. Otherwise they are clean and bright
De Vere, Aubrey
The Search After Proserpine, Recollections of Greece, and other poems.
Oxford, John Henry Parker: Rivingtons, London, 1843, first edition. Original publisher’s brown cloth with blind-stamped decorations. Spine sunned and bumped, split along back hinge, some small losses. Boards still firmly attached, and the text block is tightly bound, clean and bright. There is an heraldic ownership stamp on the front pastedown, and notes about the poems on the verso of the ffep. This is de Vere’s second volume of verse, extremely rare in the first edition. The Search After Proserpine; A Masque was written in Athens in 1840.
Oxford Poetry 1915
Publisher: B.H. Blackwell, Oxford, 1915, first edition. This book of poetry, collected in 1915 from students of many colleges, and one non-college person, is interesting in itself, showing the thoughts and feelings of young people in the second year of the Great War, but it is also and perhaps more notable for the first appearance in print in book form of J.R.R. Tolkein, with the poem ‘Goblin Feet’, which was later anthologized many times. Also represented here are Dorothy L. Sayers and Aldous Huxley.The book is in very good condition, bound in quarter vellum type paper over paper-covered boards, with a paper title label on the top board.. The boards are a little creased and have some surface rubbing to the paper, and bumped corners. The text block has uncut fore and lower edges. The pages have a very occasional very light mark, but are mainly fresh and clean. There are no inscriptions, but the faint ghost of an erased inscription on the ffep.
Octavo, 20cm tall by 13cm wide, 72 pages.
The Lover’s Tale
C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1879. First Authorised Edition, pp.95 plus 4 pages of advertisements. Very good in original green cloth. Some scattered light foxing, otherwise clean and bright. A revision of the poem suppressed in 1833, the publication of which was prompted by the issue of a pirated edition.
Lord Demeter and other Poems
Macmillan & Co, 1892, first edition, third printing. Very good in original green cloth, eps foxed, otherwise clean and bright
Birds Beasts and Flowers
Publisher: Martin Secker, 1923, first edition. Half black cloth with yellow boards, top edges black, other uncut, large octavo, 9 inches, 22.5cm, tall. Very good condition, clean and bright within, but for one owner name on the ffep and a very occasional isolated light mark.
There is some spotting to the boards, and the bottom of the spine is slightly sunned. The dust jacket is fragmentary, having lost most of its spine, and having other chips, but it is now held within a protective sleeve.
This volume contains some of Lawrence’s best poetry, including the wonderful ‘Snake’. It is from the library of Reginald Alton, who was lecturer in English at Pembroke College Oxford, and it is his name on the ffep.
Baudelaire, & Walton, Alan Hull (Translator)
Selections From Baudelaire
The Fortune Press, 1941, first edition, limited to 500 copies on handmade paper. Dark blue cloth, with slight fading where the covering dust jacket has browned on spine and edges. Very good condition, pages clean and bright, with full-page illustrations and some smaller decorations by Anthony Moore, plus drawings of Baudelaire and Jeanne Duval.
A Cluster of Clerihews
Sixth Chamber Press, Leamington Spa, 1985. Cloth Spine, marbled boards, as new. This is number 17 of 175 numbered copies, signed by the author, printed on Vintage cartridge. (There are also 26 lettered copies on Zerkall Ingres paper) Unpaginated, approx 22 pages plus blanks.
Fitzgerald, Edward, translator
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton, 1909, first edition. Cream cloth boards with gilt titles and decorations depicting peacocks and elephants, decorative endpapers, 20 full-colour tipped-in plates. The head and foot of the spine are bumped, and there is a small (1cm) stable tear in the top of the front hinge. The spine is slightly darkened and there is spotting to the front board, but the gilt is still bright. Internally the book is in beautiful order, clean and bright and tight in its binding. All 20 plates are present and in fine condition, their tissue guards intact. There are quite a few later editions of this version of the Rubaiyat, but these were issued with only 12 plates. Here in the first edition are the full complement of 20 beautiful illustrations. This is a large, heavy volume, 11 inches tall (28cm). The quatrains are printed on one side of the paper only, with a decorative border on every page, and the paper used is of a heavy weight. Each of the plates also has a decorative border around it. This is a splendid book
An Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
Sampson Low, Son & Marston, 1869, first thus. Blue cloth over bevelled boards, decorated with gilt and black. Very good condition, corners slightly bumped, some wear to spine, head of spine has a small area of loss, and there is a small area of staining on the blind stamped back board. A very attractive volume. All edges gilt. Monochrome portrait of Gray on title pages and 16 colour plates from drawings by R. Barnes, R.P. Leitch, E.M. Wimperis, and others. Some light foxing, 2 plates have suffered edge creasing, repaired with tissue, not affecting the illustrations. A very attractive set of mid-19th century colour illustrations.
Whims and Oddities, In Prose and Verse; With Forty Original Designs
Lupton Relfe, 1827, second edition. Quarter leather, marbled boards. Five raised bands on spine, gilt decorations and title. Board scuffed, corners bumped, 1cm lost from top of spine. Scattered foxing within, owner name stamped on ffep, heraldic bookplate on front pastedown, cloth showing at hinge inside, but the binding is tight and stable. Generally in good condition. Poetry and prose by Hood with satirical and grotesque illustrations.
Horace, and Thomas Creech (Translator)
The Odes, Satyrs and Epistles of Horace, done into English by Mr. Creech
Quintus Horatius Flaccus; Ad Lectiones Probatiores Diligenter Emendatus, et Interpunctione Nova Saepius Illustratus. Editio Altera.
Glasguae: In Aedibus Academicis Excudenbant Robertus et Andreas Foulis, Academiae Typograph, 1750. Full contemporary calf, five raised bands to spine, gilt decorations. Good condition. Front hinge cracked, board still firmly attached, binding rubbed and bumped, small losses to head and foot of spine. Two armorial bookplates on front pastedown, ffep and half-title missing, otherwise complete. 248pp. Pages clean and bright. Text in Latin.
The Poetical Works of John Keats, Edited with an introduction and Memoir By Walter S. Scott
James Finch and Co Limited, the Hampstead Edition, 1902, first thus. Textured green cloth with attractive gilt titles. One owner inscription on ffep, light browning to ffep and half-title, a few pages of the introduction have a little creasing to the top corner. Otherwise the book is a very clean , tight copy of this somewhat scarce edition.
Hove, Combridges, 1922, first edition, signed by the author. Red cloth with gilt titles on the spine, very good condition. Inscribed on the front pastedown ‘To Margaret Armstrong, in gratitude for invaluable help in illness from P. Habberton Lulham, January 1940’. Lulham died in June of the same year. He was a well-known Sussex poet, and –played first class cricket for Sussex in 1894.