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Allingham, H[elen]. & D. Radford (ed.s), WILLIAM ALLINGHAM A DIARY (London: Macmillan & Co. Ltd., 1908).  Second edition, 22 x 14.5cm (tall 8vo), in publisher's navy linen w/embossed borders to covers & copper-gilt title to spine, a.e. untrimmed, 404 [x] pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis portrait from a photograph by Emery Walker & 7 full-page plates.  Printed by R. & R. Clark Ltd., Edinburgh.  Presentation Copy inscr. to half-title: "To Elsie and Hubert with Helen Allingham's love and best wishes, April 1909" (according to a note inserted in this vol., Elsie & Hubert Walker were old friends of the Allinghams' youngest son & his wife).  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. bumped & worn, & ep.s browned); contents Near-Fine (edges sl. foxed).  (Inv. #1078)  C$150

Allingham, William, DAY AND NIGHT SONGS (London: George Routledge & Co., 1854).  First edition, 17 x 10.5cm (8vo), in later plain grey paper wraps, a.e. untrimmed, [64] pp. w/titlepage wood engraving after Walter Howell Deverell.  Printed by Savill & Edwards, London.  Binding Near-Fine; contents Good (most leaves moderately soiled w/sl. creasing).  Athenæum 29 Apr. 1854 p.518 (by W.H. Dixon), Fredeman 46.3, Colbeck 3, Lasner 2 (his "Binding variant").  (Inv. #413)  C$200


Allingham, William, et. al. (contrib.s), and John Francis Waller (ed.), DUBLIN UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE VOL. XLI, JANUARY TO JUNE 1853 (Dublin: James McGlashan, 1853).  First edition, 21.5 x 13.5cm (thick 8vo), in contemp; ¾ tan calf over marbled boards w/gilt-on-black title label to spine, 779 [vi] pp. w/Index to rear, +full-page portrait of Joseph Napier M.P. facing p.300.  Printed by George Drought, Dublin.  From the collection of C. Petherick w/his stamp to fr. pastedown.  Includes Allingham's "To Walter Savage Landor."  Binding Good (extremities moderately bumped & worn, label removed from fr. pastedown, & some creasing & spotting to ep.s); contents Good (moderate spotting).  (Inv. #1176)  C$150

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Allingham, William, IRISH SONGS AND POEMS (1887 & ca.1910)  More Information

Allingham, William, SONGS BALLADS AND STORIES ... INCLUDING MANY NOW FIRST COLLECTED, THE REST REVISED AND REARRANGED (London: George Bell & Sons, 1877).  First edition, 18 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's dark green fine rib-grain cloth w/gilt title to fr. cover & spine, embossed borders to covers, cream ep.s, 341 (ix) pp.  Printed by Charles Whittingham at the Chiswick Press, London.  From the collection of Percival F. Hinton w/his decorative bookplate to fr. pastedown.  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. bumped, & fr. hinge cracked); contents Near-Fine; a very nice copy of what Colbeck suggested was a later issue (see also Lasner, who "found no copies matching this description").  Fredeman 46.8, Colbeck 20, Lasner 14.  (Inv. #1173)  C$150

Barrett, Elizabeth Barrett (later Mrs. Elizabeth Barrett Browning), POEMS (London: Edward Moxon, 1844)  More Information

Beerbohm, Max, ROSSETTI AND HIS CIRCLE (London: William Heinemann, n.d. [1922]).  First edition, 25.5 x 18.5cm [4to], in publisher's cream linen w/gilt title to fr. cover & spine, bevelled edges, a.e.g., cream ep.s, 6 leaves of prelims, & frontis. leaf + 22 cardstock leaves w/colour illustrations by the author tipped to each leaf, all w/adjoining descriptive tissue-guards.  Printed by R. Clay & Sons Ltd., Bungay.  Stated Limited Edition (220/380) numbered & signed by Beerbohm.  Binding Near-Fine (ep.s sl. browned); contents Near-Fine (lt. toning to leaves).  Ashley IV 160, Fredeman 33.20 & 82.9, Ray 321, Fennell 227, Colbeck 23.  (Inv. #1057)  C$300  (a Near-Fine copy of the 1st trade edition, in its original buff dust-jacket, is available at C$200)

Blake, William, THE POEMS (London: Walter Scott, 1885), Edward Burne-Jones's Copy  More Information

Brown, Ford Madox, Edward Burne-Jones, William Holman Hunt, Frederick Sandys, Simeon Solomon, et. al. (illus.), DALZIELS' BIBLE GALLERY (1881)  Click Here for the London edition and Here for the US edition

Brown, Ford Madox, Edward Burne-Jones, William Holman Hunt, Frederick Sandys, Simeon Solomon, et. al. (illus.), and Aley Fox (letterpress), ART PICTURES FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT (London: SPCK, 1894).  First edition, 27.5 x 21cm (4to), in publisher's blue-grey linen w/gilt, black, ivory & olive design & title to fr. cover, gilt title & SPCK device to spine, bevelled edges, [xii, 180] pp. w/90 wood engravings by the Dalziels.  This vol. includes all the plates publ. in the Dalziels' Bible Gallery plus those commissioned by them but not incl. in the 1881 edition.  Binding Good (extremities bumped & worn, ep.s browned & sl. chipped at edges, & hinges cracked); contents Very Good (a few leaves moderately foxed).  White 146-47, Reid 49 ("Simeon Solomon is responsible for 14" of the new designs), Fredeman 100.5, Ray p.96, de Beaumont 15, Goldman 38.  (Inv. #1160)  C$200

Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, Thomas Chatterton, H.W. Longfellow, William Shakespeare, Alfred Tennyson, William Wordsworth, et. al. (contrib.s), and Robert Aris Willmott (sel. & ed. by), ENGLISH SACRED POETRY OF THE SIXTEENTH, SEVENTEENTH, EIGHTEENTH, AND NINETEENTH CENTURIES (London: Routledge Warne & Routledge, 1861).  First edition, 22 x 16.5cm (4to), bound in contemp. brown morocco w/dark brown embossed decorations to covers & spine, gilt title to spine, 5 raised bands, a.e.g. w/gauffered edges, tooled turn-ins, marbled ep.s, silk ribbon marker, 388 [xx] pp. w/frontis wood engraving after William Holman Hunt & numerous others after Frederick Sandys, John Gilbert, Frederick Walker, etc., all engraved by the Dalziels.  Printed by R. Clay Son & Taylor, London.  Binding Near-Fine; contents Very Good (1st & final leaves foxed w/only sl. foxing elsewhere).  Reid passim, Fredeman 90.6, Ray 150, de Beaumont 399, Goldman 442, all of whom date this book as 1862.  (Inv. #964)  C$200

Buchanan, Robert, THE FLESHLY SCHOOL OF POETRY AND OTHER PHENOMENA OF THE DAY (London: Strahan & Co., 1872).  First edition, 19 x 13cm (8vo), in publisher's decorative buff paper wraps w/printed title & text to fr. cover, 97 [ix] pp., +4pp. publ. adverts to rear.  Printed by Virtue & Co., London.  Buchanan can be forgiven for this rather ill-mannered attack on the new generation of poets--he was unable to admit that his own style of poetry was growing stale and would soon be out of fashion.  Indeed he later apologized when he realized how inappropriate his tirade had been.  Binding Good (spine chipped, & a couple of lt. smudges to fr. cover); contents Near-Fine.  Fredeman 82.6, Colbeck 11.  (Inv. #1059)  C$250


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Cowper, William, and [Miles] Birket Foster (illus.), THE TASK: A POEM (London: James Nisbet & Co., 1855).  First edition thus, 21 x 15cm (4to), in publisher's navy morocco-grain cloth w/elaborate gilt decorations & title to covers & spine, bevelled edges, a.e.g., pale yellow ep.s w/binder's ticket (Edmonds & Remnants, Ball 31A) to rear pastedown, 263 [xviii] pp. w/titlepage vignette & numerous wood engravings by Edmund Evans after Foster.  Printed by R. & R. Clark, Edinburgh.  Inscribed to recto of fr. ep.: "H G Smith, in memory of Aunt Emily H Eggar late of Cedar Cottage, June 24. 1877"; & pencilled in another hand "and given to me by his daughters on 9 Dec. 1905, N.E Church."  Binding Very Good (extremities moderately bumped & rubbed); contents Very Good (1st few leaves foxed w/only occas. lt. foxing thereafter).  McLean 1974 60, de Beaumont 71.  (Inv. #1150)  C$150

Doyle, Richard, JACK THE GIANT KILLER (London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, n.d. [1888]).  First edition, 25 x 20cm [4to], in publisher's burgundy linen w/black title & design to fr. cover, bevelled edges, lt. tan floral design on biege ep.s, 48 pp., each decorated w/coloured illus. within coloured borders, all by the author, +"Publisher's Introduction" slip tipped in before p.3.  Inscribed to verso of fr. ep.: "To Marjorie Warren, with all good wishes for the year MCMX, Frederick Pollock"; also w/a small ink sketch of 3 pelicans holding books lightly sewn over the inscription (easily removable).  Binding Good (extremities bumped & sl. worn, covers a bit soiled, hinges cracked, & ep.s moderately toned); contents Very Good (lt. thumbing to fore-edges, & a few minor stains).  Osborne 29, Ray 140.  (Inv. #1063)  C$150

Ellis, F[rederick]. S[tartridge]., and Walter Crane (illus.), THE HISTORY OF REYNARD THE FOX HIS FAMILY FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES. WITH GLOSSORIAL NOTES IN VULPINE VERSE AND AN INDEX-SUMMARY OF CHIEF MATTERS CONTAINED IN THE STORY (London: David Nutt, 1894).  First edition, 22 x 17cm (4to), in publisher's navy buckram w/gilt title to fr. cover & spine, a.e. untrimmed, 346 (x) pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis & prelim titlepage & numerous head-&-tailpieces all designed by Crane.  Printed on watermarked "Spalding" handmade paper by Charles Whittingham & Co. at the Chiswick Press, London.  Binding Very Good (expertly rebacked w/most of the original spine laid down, extremities & rear cover sl. marked, & ep.s a bit browned); contents Near-Fine.  Ashley II 104, Colbeck 28 (under Crane).  (Inv. #1168)  C$300


EXHIBITION & AUCTION CATALOGUES, A SELECTION
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Farrar, Frederic W[illiam]., THE LIFE OF CHRIST (London: Cassell Petter & Galpin, n.d. [1874]).  Two volumes, sixth edition, 22 x 14cm (tall 8vo), in publisher's brown sand-grain cloth w/embossed ruling to covers & gilt titles to spines, dark green ep.s, 480 (xxxii) & 516 (xii) pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis wood engravings by "WH" after William Holman Hunt to each vol., +4pp. publ. adverts to rear of vol. I.  Printed in London by the publisher, this title went thru several editions in 1874, but Holman Hunt's designs were omitted from the 1st ed.  Bindings Good (extremities sl. rubbed, fr. hinges cracked, prev. owner's labels removed from fr. ep.s, & 2 small closed tears to fr. ep. of Vol. I); contents Near-Fine.  See Goldman 216.  (Inv. #547)  C$200

Gilbert, William, Matthew Browne (aka William Brighty Rands), et. al. (contrib.s), and Arthur Hughes, Ernest Griset, et. al. (illus.), GOOD THINGS FOR THE YOUNG OF ALL AGES ANNUAL FOR 1873 (London: Henry S. King & Co., [1872-]1873).  First edition, 23.5 x 17cm (4to), in publisher's green fine rib-grain cloth w/gilt & black decorations & title to fr. cover & spine, embossed decorations to rear, a.e.g., pale yellow ep.s, 668 [iv] pp. w/frontis & several unpaginated plates & numerous in-text wood engravings.  Printed by Bradbury Agnew & Co., London, this vol., the 5th in the series (but 1st w/altered title), contains the Dec. 1872 thru Nov. 1873 monthly issues, & includes the 1st printings of Rands's "My Daughter" & Gilbert's "Sinbad in England," all w/the Hughes illus.  Inscribed to recto of fr. ep.: "Albert Emett Ashworth from his Uncle Edward, Ripon July 1874"; also w/Albert's small stamp to recto of frontis.  Binding Very Good (extremities moderately bumped & worn, & lt. spotting to cloth); contents Very Good (1st & final leaves foxed w/only occas. stains elsewhere).  White 79, Reid 91, Fredeman 93.30 & 37, Shaberman p.41, Goldman pp.284-85.  (Inv. #1035)  C$400  (a Good- copy of the American edition, publ. in New York by George Routledge & Sons, is available at C$200)

Goldsmith, Oliver, and Birket Foster (illus.), THE TRAVELLER: A POEM (London: David Bogue, n.d. [1856]).  First edition thus, 21.5 x 15cm [tall 8vo], in publisher's reddish-brown morocco-grain cloth w/elaborate gilt & embossed arabesque design to covers & spine, gilt title to spine, bevelled edges, a.e.g., pale yellow ep.s w/binder's ticket (Leighton Son & Hodge; Ball 53A2) to rear pastedown, [vii] 1-39 [40-42, blanks] thick cardstock pp. w/titlepage illus. & 30 wood engravings by Foster (most faced w/thick paper interleaves).  Inscribed "Isaak[?] Bernays with the kindest best wishes of Charles Robinson, Feb: 29 1856." & "Bertha A M Bernays in memory of her dear brother, Febry 1876," both to recto of 1st blank.  Until now this edition has been dated ca.1858, but the earlier inscr. in this copy redefines its publ. date.  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. bumped & rubbed, & spine gilt sl. faded); contents Very Good (several leaves sl. proud, & occas. foxing).  McLean 1974 59, de Beaumont 116 (1858 edition).  (Inv. #1143)  C$150

Gwynfryn [Olive Thorne Miller], FRIENDS IN FUR AND FEATHERS (London: Bell & Daldy, 1869).  First edition, 19.5 x 13.5cm (8vo), in publisher's emerald linen w/gilt & black decorations & title to fr. cover, gilt decorations & title to spine, embossed design to rear cover, chocolate ep.s, 336 [viii] pp. +frontis & 9 unpaginated wood engraved plates by Horace Harral after Friedrich Wilhelm Keyl, Alfred W. Cooper, & B. Rice.  Printed by William Clowes & Sons, London.  Binding Fine; contents Near-Fine (lt. thumbing to a few leaves)--a brilliant copy of an enchanting but little-known children's book.  (Inv. #734)  C$150

Hake, Thomas Gordon, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), PARABLES AND TALES (London: Chapman & Hall, 1872)  More Information

Hall, S[amuel]. C[arter]. [aka "Shirt Collar" Hall] (ed.), THE BOOK OF GEMS. FROM THE POETS AND ARTISTS OF GREAT BRITAIN ... THE FOURTEENTH TO THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY. GEOFFREY CHAUCER TO DRYDEN (London: Bell & Daldy, 1866).  First edition, 22 x 16.5cm (large 12mo), in publisher's brown morocco spine over imitation burr walnut boards w/gilt title & design to fr. cover & spine, white moiré-pattern silk ep.s, a.e.g., 304 [xiv] pp. +4pp. facsimile signatures of the poets by Charles J. Smith to rear, w/51 steel engravings by various engravers after John Martin, C.L. Eastlake, Thomas Lawrence, J.M.W. Turner, etc.  Printed by William Clowes & Sons, London.  Inscribed to head of half-title: "H. E. Brooke from her affectionate cousin Evlyon Hopkins, Ap[ri]l 10th 1869."  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. bumped & rubbed, & moderate scratching to rear cover); contents Very Good (occas. lt.-to-moderate foxing).  Ball pp.56 & 62(n34 & 35).  (Inv. #1137)  C$250

Hall, S[amuel]. C[arter]. [aka "Shirt Collar" Hall] (ed.), THE BOOK OF GEMS. FROM THE POETS AND ARTISTS OF GREAT BRITAIN ... THE EIGHTEENTH AND NINETEENTH CENTURY. WORDSWORTH TO TENNYSON (London: Bell & Daldy, 1871).  First edition, 22 x 16cm (large 12mo), in publisher's brown morocco spine over imitation burr walnut boards w/gilt title & design to fr. cover & spine, a.e.g., white moiré-pattern silk ep.s, 304 (viii) pp. +4pp. facsimile signatures of the poets to rear, w/46 steel engravings by various engravers after J.M.W. Turner, R.P. Bonington, John Martin, David Cox, etc.  Printed by William Clowes & Sons, London.  With the armorial bookplate of James Schofield to fr. pastedown, & bookseller's blindstamp of William Hale, Manchester to fr. ep.  Binding Good- (joints & fr. hinge cracked, lower fr. corner-tip chipped, & some surface scratching to boards); contents Good (1st 6 leaves & a few centre leaves sl. proud w/moderate edge-chipping, old glue stains to titlepage's gutter, & lt. offsetting from facsimile signatures at rear).  McLean 1974 109 (described as "imitation tortoiseshell").  (Inv. #1163)  C$200

Halliwell, James Orchard (ed.), THE THORNTON ROMANCES: THE EARLY ENGLISH METRICAL ROMANCES (London: The Camden Society, 1844).  First edition, 21.5 x 17cm (4to), in publisher's dark green fine diaper-grain cloth w/embossed decorations & ruling to covers & gilt decorations & title to spine, pale yellow ep.s w/binder's ticket (Remnant & Edmonds; Ball 66E1) to rear pastedown, 312 (lvi) pp. w/titlepage portrait engraving.  Printed by J.B. Nichols & Son, London, these Arthurian romances were later re-edited by F.S. Ellis & publ. in 3 vols. by the Kelmscott Press.  Binding Very Good (a few stains to ep.s, & hinges starting); contents Near-Fine.  (Inv. #447)  C$150

Holman-Hunt, W[illiam]., PRE-RAPHAELITISM AND THE PRE-RAPHAELITE BROTHERHOOD (London: Chapman & Hall Ltd., 1913).  Two volumes, stated second edition "Revised from the Author's Notes by M. E[dith]. H[olman]-H[unt].", 25 x 16.5cm (large 8vos), in publisher's slate blue buckram w/black PRB device to fr. covers & black title to spines, t.e. brown (others untrimmed), cream ep.s, 349 (xxiv) & 440 (xvi) pp. w/copious b&w full-page plates & in-text illus., +Errata slips tipped before p.[1] in each vol.  Printed by Richard Clay & Sons Ltd., London & Bungay, this is by far the more desirable edition, w/full indexes at rear of each vol. (sadly lacking in the 1st ed.).  Neatly inscr. "Royal C. Nemiah, September 1916" to fr. ep.s of each vol.  Bindings Very Good (extremities moderately bumped & rubbed, & ep.s sl. toned); contents Very Good (moderate foxing).  See Fredeman 75.23.  (Inv. #1112)  C$400

[Horne, Herbert Percy, and Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo, eds.], THE CENTURY GUILD HOBBY HORSE (London: Kegan Paul Trench & Co., 1887; and Chiswick Press, 1889 & 1892), Three Issues  More Information

Houghton, Arthur Boyd (illus.), HOME THOUGHTS AND HOME SCENES (London: Routledge Warne & Routledge, 1865)  More Information

Houghton, A[rthur]. B[oyd]., G[eorge]. J[ohn]. Pinwell, W[illiam]. Small, et. al. (illus.), NORTH COAST AND OTHER POEMS BY ROBERT BUCHANAN (London: George Routledge & Sons, 1868).  First edition, first issue binding, 23 x 16.5cm (4to), in publisher's dark red sand-grain cloth w/elaborate blue & gilt decorations & title (designed by John Leighton?) to covers & spine, bevelled edges, a.e.g., cream ep.s w/binder's ticket (Leighton Son & Hodge; Ball 53D) to rear pastedown, 250 (xiv) card-stock pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis & 53 wood engravings by the Dalziels, +6pp. publ. cat. to rear.  Printed at the Camden Press, London.  Binding Very Good (extremities moderately bumped w/corner-tips a bit worn, & inner sides of ep.s sl. foxed); contents Near-Fine (occas. lt. foxing).  White 134 ("maintains the tradition of Dalziels; ... the engraving is at their best level [&] the printing unusually good"), Reid 278, Ray 156, Ball 55 & 165, Colbeck 7, de Beaumont 35, Goldman 139.  (Inv. #1171)  C$150

[Hughes, Thomas], TOM BROWN'S SCHOOL DAYS BY AN OLD BOY (London: Macmillan & Co., 1868).  First edition thus, 15.5 x 10.5cm (16mo), in publisher's royal blue linen w/gilt border & circular design to fr. cover, gilt ruling & title to spine, embossed border to rear, t.e.g., terracotta ep.s, 360 [xx] pp. w/tissue-guarded titlepage steel engraving after Arthur Hughes.  Printed by R. Clay Son & Taylor, London.  Binding Good (corners & spine-tips rubbed w/upper fr. corner moderately bumped, spine a bit darkened, a few stains to cloth, prev. owner's inscr. to recto of fr. ep., & hinges starting); contents Very Good (short closed tears to upper margins of U2-Z8).  Macmillan 48, Goldman 256.  (Inv. #923)  C$200

[Hughes, Thomas], TOM BROWN'S SCHOOL DAYS BY AN OLD BOY (London: Macmillan & Co., 1869).  First illustrated edition, 19 x 15cm (8vo), in publisher's royal blue sand-grain cloth w/gilt decorations to fr. cover, gilt decorations & title to spine, embossed borders to rear, bevelled edges, a.e.g., terracotta ep.s w/binders ticket (Burn) to rear pastedown, 376 [xxiv] pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis portrait steel engraving by C.H. Jeens after George Frederick Watts, & 43 wood engravings by J.D. Cooper after Arthur Hughes & 15 after Sydney Prior Hall.  Printed by R. Clay Sons & Taylor, London.  Inscribed to recto of frontis: "Mast[er] George Theakstone, a birthday present from his Aunt Bella, Tynemouth March 20th/[18]73."  Binding Very Good (rebacked w/hinges mended, & corner tips moderately worn); contents Very Good (occas. lt. foxing).  Macmillan 48, White 136 & 170, Reid 8 & 92, Fredeman 93.15, Ray 176, Wolff 3332a, Ball 87, de Beaumont 134, Goldman 257.  (Inv. #922)  C$250  (a Very Good copy of the green cloth variant is also available)

Ingelow, Jean, POEMS (London: Longmans Green, 1867).  First edition, 22 x 16cm (4to), in 19thC. dark blue polished calf w/decorative gilt ruling to covers, decorative gilt crest (Annesley House, Brighton) to fr. cover, gilt & red decorations & title to spine, raised bands, a.e.g., gilt turn-ins, marbled maroon ep.s (w/binder's pencil instructions to Dedication page, signed "Wm H"), 318 [xvi] cardstock pp. w/frontis & 97 wood engravings by the Dalziels after G.J. Pinwell, E.J. Poynter, J.W. North, A.B. Houghton, etc.  Printed at the Camden Press, London.  Tipped to the recto of the 1st blank is a partial (& undated) Autograph Letter Signed from the author, stating "From a photograph done at Heidelberg' I have an appointment for either Wednesday or Thursday afternoon ...," approx. 40 words, signed "Jean Ingelow."  Binding Good (extremities & covers sl. rubbed, & old ink stain to fr. cover); contents Near-Fine.  White 129-30, Dalziels 354, Reid passim, Ray 155, Wolff 3473a, de Beaumont 137, Goldman 263.  (Inv. #467)  C$200  (a Near-Fine copy, without association, is also available)

Ingram, John H., OLIVER MADOX BROWN. A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH, 1855-1874 (London: Elliot Stock, 1883).  First edition, first issue binding (see Colbeck), 22 x 14cm (8vo), in publisher's dark violet sand-grain cloth w/gilt title & design to fr. cover, gilt title to spine, orange floral-pattern ep.s, 238 [xii] entirely unopened pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis portrait & several unpaginated tissue-guarded plates, +2pp. publ. adverts to rear.  Printed by the publisher.  From the collection of Pear Hill, 1957 w/tiny stamp to recto of fr. ep.  Binding Near-Fine (extremities sl. rubbed); contents Near-Fine.  Fredeman 47.3, Colbeck 53 (under D.G. Rossetti).  (Inv. #988)  C$150

Lang, Andrew (ed.), The Coloured Fairy Books (London: Longmans Green)  More Information

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, POETICAL WORKS (London: David Bogue, 1856).  First edition thus, 20.5 x 13.5cm (large 16mo), in publisher's navy wavy-grain cloth w/elaborate gilt design to covers & spine (designed by John Leighton, w/his gilt initials to spine), gilt title to spine, bevelled edges, a.e.g., pale yellow ep.s w/binder's ticket (Leighton Son & Hodge, Ball 53A) to rear pastedown, 422 (xii) pp. w/"upwards of 160" wood engravings after Miles Birket Foster, etc., +2pp. publ. adverts to rear.  Printed by Henry Vizetelly, London.  Signed by Mary J. Uren to recto of fr. ep.  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. bumped & rubbed, & fr. hinge starting); contents Very Good (1st few leaves & advert leaf moderately foxed w/only occas. lt. foxing elsewhere).  McLean 1974 61, Ball 72 & 73n31, de Beaumont 180.  (Inv. #1151)  C$200

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[Maclaren, Archibald (ed.), and Edward Burne-Jones (illus.)], THE FAIRY FAMILY: A SERIES OF BALLADS & METRICAL TALES ILLUSTRATING THE FAIRY MYTHOLOGY OF EUROPE (London: Longman Brown Green Longmans & Roberts, 1857).  First edition, 19 x 13cm (8vo), in publisher's dark green rib-grain cloth w/embossed design to covers & gilt decorations & title to spine, pale pink ep.s, 283 [xvi] +4pp. publ. adverts to rear, w/steel engraved frontis, prelim titlepage & wood engraved tailpiece, all after Burne-Jones.  Printed by Spottiswoode & Co., London.  As in all copies examined, the pagination jumps from p.80 to p.[97]--but the text is nevertheless complete.  Binding Good (rebacked w/two-thirds of the original [darkened] spine laid down, corners sl. bumped, edges of covers moderately discoloured, & hinges mended); contents Near-Fine.  White 175-76, Reid 99 & 274, Osborne 37, Fredeman 92.1, Ray 182, de Beaumont 195, Goldman 305 (see also p.11).  (Inv. #1007)  C$500

Magnússon, Eirikr & William Morris (transl.s), and Philip Webb (binding design), VOLSUNGA SAGA (London: F.S. Ellis, 1870)  More Information

Meredith, George (1828-1909, British poet & novelist), AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED.  ALS to James N. Dunn, written in blue ink on watermarked "Original Turkey Mill Kent" stationery from Box Hill, Dorking, dated October 2nd 1889, thanking the recipient for sending "the paper with the article on me.... Let the writer be assured that my dose of syrup & the lash is taken humbly."  Meredith's connections with the Pre-Raphaelites are two-fold: in about 1855 he modelled for the figure in Henry Wallis's Chatterton (Tate Gallery) & his wife Mary Ellen (daughter of Thomas Love Peacock) soon left him for the young painter; and, by 1861 he was a regular participant in D.G. Rossetti's social gatherings & in Oct. 1862 took a room in Rossetti's house at 16 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea.  See S.M. Ellis, "George Meredith: His Association with the Pre-Raphaelites" (Bookman Feb. 1928, pp.253-57), & Meredith's "Note on Cheyne Walk" (English Review Jan. 1909, p.333).Two sides w/blank integral leaf, approx. 60 words, signed "George Meredith."  Very Good (lt. stains).  (Inv. #798)  C$300

Millais, John Everett, Fred Walker, Frederick Sandys, et. al. (illus.), THE CORNHILL GALLERY (London: Smith Elder & Co., 1864 & 1865)  More Information

Millais, J[ohn]. E[verett]. (illus.), and Henry Leslie (music composed by), LITTLE SONGS FOR ME TO SING (London: Cassell Petter & Galpin, n.d. [1865]).  First edition, 16.5 x 16.5cm [square 8vo], in publisher's red sand-grain cloth w/elaborate gilt title & design to fr. cover & spine (decorative embossed borders to rear), bevelled edges, a.e.g., dark slate green ep.s, [34] cardstock pp. w/frontis & 6 full-page wood engravings by Joseph Swain after Millais, titlepage design & vignettes after "J.P." etc., +8pp. publ. cat. to rear.  Printed in London by the publisher.  Inscribed to half-title: "Leonard John Cozens with Aunt Louisa's love"; also stamped "Cozens" to verso of fr. ep.  Binding Very Good (extremities moderately bumped & worn, fr. ep. sl. creased, & a few spots to spine & rear cover); contents Very Good (age-toned w/some outer margins sl. thumbed).  White 128 ("a very charming set of drawings"), Reid 76, Osborne 71, Fredeman 95.46, McLean 1974 121, de Beaumont 165, Goldman 284.  (Inv. #1115)  C$150

Millais, John Everett, THE PARABLES OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST (1864, 1866 & [1885]) More Information

Millais, John Everett, Walter Crane, Edward John Poynter, Frederick Walker, Frederick Sandys, et. al. (illus.), PICTURES OF SOCIETY. GRAVE AND GAY. FROM THE PENCILS OF CELEBRATED ARTISTS AND THE PENS OF POPULAR AUTHORS (London: Sampson Low Son & Marston, 1866).  First edition, first issue binding, 24.5 x 17cm (4to), in publisher's green sand-grain cloth w/elaborate gilt design to covers & spine, gilt title to fr. cover & spine w/hand-painted red, blue, lilac & ivory lines to fr. cover, bevelled edges, a.e.g., 226 (viii) pp. + numerous wood engravings on toned paper laid on cardstock.  Printed at the Camden Press, London.  With autograph note on "St. Benedicts Road, Norwich" headed stationery tipped to recto of frontis leaf, reading: "Nov 24 1877, Presented to Mr. Wm. Smith by Dr. J. Matthews...."  Binding Good (fr. cover sl. dulled, & extremities moderately worn); contents Very Good (lt. scattered foxing, & a few leaves mended at edges).  White 128-29, Reid 13 & 168, Fredeman 90.9, McLean 1974 89 ("on this remarkable cover, alas unsigned, the colours appear to have been applied to the cloth by brush & stencil"), Ball 55, de Beaumont 261, Goldman 79.  (Inv. #955)  C$350

Miller, Thomas, and [Miles] Birket Foster (illus.), COMMON WAYSIDE FLOWERS (London: Routledge Warne & Routledge, 1860).  First edition, 22 x 16.5cm (4to), sumptuously bound by Edmonds & Remnants (stamped to verso of fr. ep.) in dark brown morocco w/embossed trellis design & borders to covers, gilt title & embossed designs & 5 raised bands to spine, a.e.g. w/gauffered edges, marbled ep.s, silk ribbon marker, 186 [viii] cardstock pp. w/prelim titlepage & 23 illus. engraved in colours by Edmund Evans after Foster, all w/original tissue-guards.  Printed by Edmund Evans, London.  From the collection of W.N. Morell w/his decorative bookplate to verso of fr. ep.; also w/gift inscription, + quote from Tennyson, to recto of 1st blank.  Binding Very Good (corner tips moderately bumped & worn, & lt. scratching); contents Good- (frequent foxing, & E5-6 clumsily mended).  Ray 239 ("thanks to Evans's brilliant coloring, the detailed engravings of lowers in this book are among Foster's best illustrations").  (Inv. #1156)  C$200

Morris, William (1834-1896), TWO AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED  More Information

Morris, William, A DREAM OF JOHN BALL, AND A KING'S LESSON (London: Reeves & Turner, 1888).  First edition, 16.5 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's burgundy linen w/paper title-label to spine, a.e. untrimmed, 144 (viii) pp. +tissue-guarded etching by Edward Burne-Jones ("When Adam Delved and Eve Span") facing p.[1] & 1p. publ. advert to rear.  Printed by Strangeways & Sons, London.  Binding Good (cloth moderately soiled w/scratch across rear cover, title-label darkened & rubbed, extremities sl. bumped, & lt. foxing to ep.s); contents Very Good (fore-edges sl. browned w/occas. lt. foxing).  Slater 13, Vaughan 8, Ehrsam & Deily 177, Colbeck 42.  (Inv. #1051)  C$200

Morris, William, THE EARTHLY PARADISE (London: F.S. Ellis, 1868 & 1870), Three Volumes  More Information

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Morris, William, NEWS FROM NOWHERE (London: Reeves & Turner, 1891)  More Information

Morris, William, THE ODYSSEY OF HOMER DONE INTO ENGLISH VERSE (London: Reeves & Turner, 1887).  Two volumes, first editions, "Small Paper" issue, 23 x 18cm (large 8vo), in publisher's ½ vellum over slate blue boards w/paper title-labels to spines, a.e. untrimmed, 450 [viii + viii] pp. +2pp. publ. adverts to rear of Vol. I.  Printed on watermarked "Spalding" handmade paper by Strangeways & Sons, London.  With the armorial bookplate of Robert Ellis Cunliffe, & bookplate of Robert Coupe (the Morris scholar), both to fr. pastedowns.  Bindings Very Good (title-labels browned, corner-tips sl. rubbed, & ep.s moderately browned); contents Near-Fine (deckle edges sl. browned).  Slater 11, Scott 32, Ashley III 172-73 (Large Paper), Ehrsam & Deily 179, Colbeck 35 ("Vol. 1 published in April & vol. 2 in November").  (Inv. #1162)  C$400

Morris, William, POEMS BY THE WAY (London: Reeves & Turner, 1891).  First edition thus (preceded in the same year by the Kelmscott Press edition), 22 x 18cm (4to), in publisher's cream linen w/gilt title to fr. cover & spine, a.e. untrimmed, 196 [xii] pp. +2 blank leaves to rear.  Stated Limited Edition (16/100) Large Paper Copy printed on watermarked "Van Gelder Zonen" handmade paper at the Chiswick Press, London.  Binding Good (spine & edges of covers a bit browned, extremities moderately bumped, & ep.s browned); contents Near-Fine.  Slater 18 (claims that this issue preceded the Kelmscott edition by 6 months), Scott 10-11, Vaughan 7-8, Ehrsam & Deily 178, Fredeman p.165, Colbeck 56.  (Inv. #916)  C$450

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Morris, William, THE ROOTS OF THE MOUNTAINS (London: Reeves & Turner, 1890)  More Information

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Morris, William, A TALE OF THE HOUSE OF THE WOLFINGS (London: Reeves & Turner, 1889)  More Information

Pollok, Robert, THE COURSE OF TIME: A POEM (Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1857 [1856]).  First illustrated edition, 21.5 x 15.5cm (4to), in publisher's green morocco-grain cloth w/elaborate gilt decorations & title to covers & spine (all designed by John Sliegh w/his gilt monogram to spine), bevelled edges, a.e.g., cream ep.s w/binder's ticket (Edmonds & Remnants, Ball 31A) to rear pastedown, 359 (xxiv) pp. w/numerous wood engravings by Edmund Evans, the Dalziels, etc. after John Tenniel, Birket Foster & J.R. Clayton.  Printed by R. & R. Clark, Edinburgh.  Binding Very Good (extremities moderately bumped & worn, & lt. spotting to cloth & rear ep.s); contents Very Good (moderate foxing to 1st few leaves w/only occas. lt. spotting thereafter).  McLean 1974 69, Ball 162, de Beaumont 267.  (Inv. #1146)  C$200

Richards, Alfred Bate, MEDEA: A POEM (London: Chapman & Hall, 1869)  More Information

CHRISTINA ROSSETTI

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, BALLADS AND SONNETS (London: Ellis & White, 1881).  First edition, 19 x 13cm (8vo), in publisher's dark aqua linen with gilt floral & trellis design by the author to covers & spine, a.e. untrimmed, w/similar floral design (also by the author) to ep.s, 336 (xii) pp. (several unopened) +1p. publ. advert to rear.  Printed by Charles Whittingham & Co. at the Chiswick Press, London.  Binding Very Good (a few minor marks to cloth, & lt. toning to ep.s); contents Very Good (occas. lt. foxing).  Slater 4, Rossetti 35, Vaughan 11, Ashley IV 147-48, Ehrsam & Deily 217, Fredeman 23.12, Fennell 21, Ball 87 & 161, Colbeck 26.  (Inv. #1052)  C$200 (a Good copy w/the sig.s & date [Nov. 1881] of Hermione Duncombe [Duchess of Leinster; eldest daughter of the Earl of Faversham] is also available)

A BOUND VOLUME OF REVIEWS AND ARTICLES ON THE WORKS OF DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI, WITH AN AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY HARRY BUXTON FORMAN.  Various sizes (mostly 8vo), bound in brown pebble-grain cloth w/gilt rules & title ("Articles on Rossetti") to spine,, cream ep.s, a.e. untrimmed.  The articles are:
(1) P[eter]. W[alker]. Nicholson, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Poet and Painter (Edinburgh: William Brown, 1886), 36pp., Fredeman 32.5 & Fennell 988 (both w/incorrect date);
(2) Carlo Placci, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Firenze: Ufizio della Rassegna Nazionale, 1882), 24pp., Fredeman 25.2 & Fennell 981;
(3) [Harry Buxton Forman], "Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Poet" (an offprint from Tinsley's Magazine, Mar. 1871), 11pp., Fredeman 29.15.  Tipped in before this review is an ANS from Forman to Frederick Startridge Ellis dated 31 Mar. [18]71, advising Ellis that he is enclosing two copies of this review as well as 2 copies of his article on William Morris, one side w/blank integral leaf, approx. 30 words, signed "H. Buxton Forman";
(4) [Sidney Colvin], "The Poetical Writings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti" (in Westminster Review, Jan. 1871), pp.55-92, Fredeman 29.14;
(5) Anon., "Rossetti's Poems" (in Edinburgh Review, Apr. 1882), pp.322-37, Fredeman 29.26, yet another anonymous snipe at Rossetti's Poems (1870) & Ballads and Sonnets (1881), publ. in the month of his death no less;
(6) F[rederic]. W[illiam]. H[enry]. Myers, "Rossetti and the Religion of Beauty" (in Cornhill Magazine, Feb. 1883), pp.213-24, Fredeman 32.2; and,
(7) William M. Hardinge, "A Note on the Louvre Sonnets of Rossetti" (in Temple Bar, Mar. 1891), pp.433-43, Fredeman 28.4 & Fennell 568.
From the collection of Ira Grushow w/his decorative bookplate to fr. pastedown, & w/pencilled note by A.M.T. to recto of fr. ep.  Binding Good (some rubbing & fading to extremities, spine tips sl. bumped, & fore-edges of pastedowns sl. lifting w/lt. browning to ep.s); contents Very Good (moderate age-toning, & outer edges sl. creased).  (Inv. #1172)  C$300

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel (ed. & transl.), DANTE AND HIS CIRCLE: WITH THE ITALIAN POETS PRECEDING HIM. (1100-1200-1300). A COLLECTION OF LYRICS, EDITED, AND TRANSLATED IN THE ORIGINAL METRES (London: Ellis & White, 1874).  First edition thus, 19 x 13cm (thick 8vo), in publisher's dark green linen w/gilt design by the author to covers & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e. untrimmed, 468 [xxiv] pp., +3pp. publ. adverts to rear.  Printed by John Strangeways, London.  With 14-line poem signed & dated "17th Feby 1876" by Andrea Rabagliati to fr. pastedown; also w/the sig. of Helen Bacchus & stamp of H.S. Vere-Hodge, both to recto of fr. ep.  This is the issue printed on thicker laid paper rather than on the thinner paper (see Colbeck).  Binding Good (extremities bumped & worn w/splits to head & edges of spine, boards sl. rubbed, & hinges cracked); contents Near-Fine.  Slater p.217, Rossetti 29, Vaughan 11, Ashley IV 114, Ehrsam & Deily 219, Fredeman p.92, Colbeck 21.  (Inv. #1111)  C$250

Presentation Copy
Rossetti, D[ante]. G[abriel]. (ed. & transl.), THE EARLY ITALIAN POETS (London: Smith Elder & Co., 1861)  More Information

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, HAND AND SOUL ([London: Privately printed, 1869])  More Information

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, POEMS (1870, 1871 & 1881)  More Information

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, STUDY FOR THE ATTAINMENT OF THE SANC GRAEL (ca.1882 photograph)  More Information

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Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, VERSES (London: Privately Printed, 1881 [but in fact ca.1887])  More Information

Rossetti, Maria Francesca, A SHADOW OF DANTE BEING AN ESSAY TOWARDS STUDYING HIMSELF, HIS WORLD AND HIS PILGRIMAGE (London: Rivingtons, 1871).  First edition, 19 x 13cm (8vo), in publisher's brick red linen w/gilt design by D.G. Rossetti to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, bottom edge trimmed (others untrimmed), cream ep.s w/binder's ticket (Burn & Co.; Ball 20E) to rear pastedown, 296 (xii--the "i" is dropped from p.xi) pp., + tissue-guarded frontis engraving by J.D. Cooper from a design by D.G. Rossetti & 4 fold-out plates.  Printed at the Edinburgh Univ. Press by T. & A. Constable.  With the sig. of Richard Tobin to recto of fr. ep., & bookseller's ticket of Thos. Shrimpton & Son, Oxford to fr. pastedown.  Binding Very Good (spine tips worn, sl. fading to edges of covers, & moderate foxing to ep.s); contents Very Good (occas. lt. spotting, & ink annotation to Dedication page).  Academy 15 Dec. 1871 p.551, Ashley IV 162-63, Ball 161, Colbeck 109 (under D.G. Rossetti), W.E. Fredeman "Woodman" (JPRS Spring 1996) pp.24 29 & 30-31.  (Inv. #830)  C$200

Rossetti, William Michael (ed.), DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI: HIS FAMILY LETTERS WITH A MEMOIR (London: Ellis & Elvey, 1895).  Two volumes, first editions, 25.5 x 17cm (large 8vo), in publisher's vellum spine over gilt-trimmed dark slate blue fine rib-grain cloth w/gilt DGR monograms to fr. covers & gilt titles to spine, t.e.g. (others untrimmed), 440 [xxxiv] + 436 [x] pp. (several unopened) +tissue-guarded frontis portraits, Errata leaf following Vol I's p.[xxxii], & 2pp. + 1p. publ. adverts to rears.  Stated Limited Edition Large Paper Copy printed on watermarked handmade paper by Hazell Watson & Viney Ltd., London & Aylesbury.  The limitation statement "Fifty copies printed on Large Paper, of which this is No. ___" appearing only in Vol II has not been filled in.  Bindings Very Good (3" split to Vol I's lower spine, extremities sl. bumped & worn w/Vol II's lower corners moderately bumped, & ep.s considerably browned); contents Very Good (occas. lt. foxing, & deckle edges a bit browned).  Rossetti p.32 ("There was also a large-paper edition of 50 copies"), Ashley IV 151.  (Inv. #1130)  C$400

Rossetti, William Michael, FINE ART, CHIEFLY CONTEMPORARY: NOTICES REPRINTED, WITH REVISIONS (London & Cambridge: Macmillan & Co., 1867).  First edition, 19 x 13cm (8vo), in publisher's orange linen w/gilt design & ruling to fr. cover, gilt title to spine, embossed ruling to rear, t.e. untrimmed, dark slate green ep.s w/binder's ticket (Burn) to rear pastedown, 392 (xx) pp.  Printed by Jonathan Palmer, Cambridge.  Presentation Copy w/non-auctorial inscr. to verso of fr. ep.: "From the author."  Binding Very Good (spine darkened, & extremities sl. bumped); contents Near-Fine.  Macmillan 163, Ashley IV 168, Fredeman 38.2, Ball 160-61 ("cover design probably by D G Rossetti"), Colbeck 3.  (Inv. #982)  C$250

Rossetti, W[illia]m. Michael (Part I) and Algernon C[harles]. Swinburne (Part II), NOTES ON THE ROYAL ACADEMY EXHIBITION, 1868. (London: John Camden Hotten, [1868]).  First edition, 20.5 x 13cm (tall 16mo), bound without wraps in (publisher's?) brown sand-grain cloth w/gilt title to spine, cream eps, 51 (iv) pp.  Printed by Savill Edwards & Co., London.  Includes the 1st printings of D.G. Rossetti's sonnets "Lady Lilith," "Sibylla Palmifera" & "Venus Verticordia."  With the armorial bookplate of Wilkinson (possibly Dr. James John Garth Wilkinson [1812-1899], the homœopathic physician who treated Elizabeth Siddal for back problems in March 1854) to fr. pastedown.  Binding Very Good (extremities moderately rubbed, & a few spots to cloth); contents Near-Fine (1st few leaves sl. creased).  Rossetti pp.14-15, Ashley VI 80, Fredeman 38.3 & 62.5, Colbeck 4.  (Inv. #1155)  C$300

Rossetti, William Michael (ed.), ROSSETTI PAPERS 1862 TO 1870 (London: Sands & Co., 1903).  First edition, 22 x 14.5cm (tall 8vo), in publisher's navy fine rib-grain cloth w/gilt title to spine, t.e.g. (others untrimmed), 559 (xxiii) pp.  Printed on laid paper by Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh.  Signed by C.E. Wood to recto of fr. ep.; also from The Forbes Magazine Collection w/their embossed stamp to foot of titlepage.  Binding Very Good (extremities moderately bumped, & ep.s sl. browned); contents Near-Fine (infrequent lt. foxing).  Rossetti p.40, Ashley IV 170-71, Ehrsam & Deily 219, Fredeman 24.9 & 38.7, Fennell 124, Colbeck 29.  (Inv. #1122)  C$200

Rossetti, William Michael (ed.), RUSKIN: ROSSETTI: PRERAPHAELITISM: PAPERS 1854 TO 1862 (London: George Allen, 1899).  First edition, 26 x 19.5cm (large 8vo), in publisher's cream buckram spine over olive linen boards w/gilt & black title & design to fr. cover & gilt title to spine (all designed by Frank W. Burgess), t.e.g. (others untrimmed), 328 [xxii] pp. w/titlepage printed in black & red, +frontis & 14 unpaginated photogravure plates, all w/the original tissue guards.  Limited Edition (226/250) Large Paper Copy printed on watermarked "Spalding" handmade paper by Ballantyne Hanson & Co., Edinburgh & London.  Binding Good (corner tips sl. worn, lt. bubbling & staining to covers, rear cover sl. bowed, & hinges cracked w/rear ep. browned & creased); contents Near-Fine (deckle edges browned).  Rossetti pp.39-40, Fredeman 24.7 & 72.6, Fennell 122, Colbeck 11; curiously not in Ashley.  (Inv. #755)  C$300

[Seddon, John Pollard], THE LATE THOMAS SEDDON, ARTIST (London: James Nisbet & Co., 1858)  More Information

Seguin, L[isbeth]. G[ooch]., RURAL ENGLAND: LOITERINGS ALONG THE LANES, THE COMMON-SIDES, AND THE MEADOW-PATHS WITH PEEPS INTO THE HALLS, FARMS, AND COTTAGES (London: Strahan & Co. Ltd., n.d. [1881]).  First edition, 39 x 29cm (large 4to), in publisher's vellum-backed parchment boards w/elaborate gilt, blue & red decorations to covers & spine, gilt title to spine, bevelled edges, t.e.g. (others untrimmed), decorative navy & yellow ep.s, 280 (viii) tissue-interleaved pp. w/frontis & numerous wood engravings by the Dalziels after Arthur Hughes, J.E. Millais, J.W. North, Helen Allingham, G.J. Pinwell, etc.  Stated Limited Edition Deluxe (108A/600) printed on watermarked (maker indecipherable) handmade paper at the Camden Press, London, with Proofs of Illustrations on Japanese Paper.  Binding Very Good (1½" split to upper fr. joint, & moderate rubbing to extremities); contents Near-Fine.  Athenæum 26 Nov. 1881 p.702, White 148, Fredeman 90.13, de Beaumont 354.  (Inv. #347)  C$200

Shakespeare, William, George Herbert, William Wordsworth, Alfred Tennyson, et. al. (contrib.s), CHRISTMAS WITH THE POETS: A COLLECTION OF SONGS, CAROLS, AND DESCRIPTIVE VERSES, RELATING TO THE FESTIVAL OF CHRISTMAS, FROM THE ANGLO-NORMAN PERIOD TO THE PRESENT TIME (London: David Bogue, 1855).  Stated third edition, 23.5 x 16.5cm, in publisher's red morocco-grain cloth w/elaborate gilt decorations & title to covers & spine, bevelled edges, a.e.g., pale yellow ep.s, 202 [xiv] gilt-bordered pp. w/prelim titlepage printed in colours & numerous tinted wood engravings by Henry Vizetelly after Miles Birket Foster, & numerous gilt chapter initials & decorations.  Printed November 1854 by Henry Vizetelly, London.  With the bookseller's ticket of J. Walmsley, Liverpool to fr. pastedown.  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. bumped & rubbed, prev. owner's pencilled name & date to fr. pastedown, & lt. soiling to ep.s); contents Very Good (moderate occas. foxing & thumbing).  McLean 1974 56.  (Inv. #1145)  C$150

Stevenson, Robert Louis, THE STORY OF A LIE AND OTHER TALES (Boston: Herbert B. Turner & Co., 1904).  First edition, 16 x 11.5cm, in publisher's burgundy linen w/gilt decorations & title to fr. cover & spine, t.e.g. (others untrimmed), cream ep.s, 276 [xvi] pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis portrait.  Neatly signed "Raymond Maier, Dec 1917" to recto of fr. ep.  Inserted at rear is a publ. advert card for Stevenson's Works & The Turner Reprints.  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. rubbed, & fr. ep.s toned); contents Near-Fine.  (Inv. #1094)  C$150

Swinburne, Algernon Charles, GRACE DARLING (London: Printed only for private circulation, 1893)  More Information

Swinburne, Algernon Charles, POEMS AND BALLADS (London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1866).  First edition, second issue, 16.5 x 10cm (16mo), bound in contemp. orange calf w/gilt borders to covers, gilt title over black panel & embossed decorations w/gilt trim to spine, 5 raised bands, marbled edges & ep.s, 344 [viii] pp.  Printed by Bradbury Evans & Co., London.  Inscribed "J.I. Stanley, Aug. 1866, 40 Dover St." & "Madeleine Stanley," both to verso of fr. ep.  Binding Good (extremities moderately bumped, & worn, upper spine a bit chipped, & upper fr. joint starting); contents Near-Fine.  Slater 7, Vaughn [3], Ashley VI 60 (in original green cloth), Ehrsam & Deily 291, Fredeman p.217 ("it is difficult to assess clearly the tremendous importance of Poems and Ballads.  More than any other single volume it pointed toward the poetry of the future").  (Inv. #1058)  C$200

Swinburne, Algernon Charles, THE QUEEN-MOTHER AND ROSAMOND (London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1860).  Unstated second edition, first state, 17 x 10.5cm (small 8vo), in publisher's olive sand-grain cloth w/paper title-label to spine, pale yellow ep.s, 217 [viii] pp.  Printed by Whittingham & Wilkins at the Chiswick Press, London.  By July 1865 Moxon had acquired the remaining sheets from Pickering, & re-issued the book w/his imprint on a cancelled titlepage, apparently without consulting the author (in Moxon's edition the title reverts to the original).  Binding Good (title-label darkened, extremities sl. rubbed, & 3 candlewax stains to fr. cover); contents Near-Fine.  See Slater p.290.  (Inv. #788)  C$200

Tennyson, Alfred, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), ENOCH ARDEN (London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1866)  More Information

[Tennyson, Alfred], IN MEMORIAM, WITH AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (London: Moxon, 1850)  More Information

Tennyson, Alfred, POEMS (London: Edward Moxon, 1857 etc.)  More Information

Tennyson, Alfred (lyrics), and Arthur Sullivan (music), THE WINDOW: OR, THE SONGS OF THE WRENS (London: Strahan & Co., 1871).  First edition, 31 x 24.5cm (folio), in publisher's royal blue patterned sand-grain cloth w/gilt title (Loves of the Wrens) & elaborate gilt & black decorations to fr. cover, embossed ruling & leaf design to rear, bevelled edges, a.e.g., chocolate ep.s w/binder's ticket (Burn & Co.) to rear pastedown, 54 [x] cardstock pp. w/titlepage printed in black & red, & Errata slip sewn in after p.[vi].  Printed by Virtue & Co., London.  An interesting collaboration between the Poet Laureate & one of England's most important composers, this vol. was originally conceived in 1867 to include illus. by Arthur Hughes (& possibly J.E. Millais).  However, the plan "fell through for some reasons I don't understand between the poet & publisher, and the poem is brought out without illustrations.  They seem to be using the four I had sent in, in 'Good Words'; but as [the drawings] were made a much larger size, [Strahan] calmly takes off about an inch & a half all round them to fit the magazine" (Hughes to F.J. Shields, 11 Jan. 1871; MS.: U. of Kansas).  Hughes's 4 designs for this book were printed, with edges trimmed, in Good Words (Jan.-Mar. 1871, facing pp.33, 113 & 183) & Sunday Magazine (Apr. 1872, p.505), & despite the fact that they were defaced by the publishers, the images still rank amongst his most powerful designs.  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. bumped & rubbed, & a few lt. marks to rear cover); contents Very Good (moderate occas. foxing).  Slater p. 312, Ashley VII 133-34, Ehrsam & Deily 353.  (Inv. #724)  C$200

Thackeray, William M[akepeace]., MEN'S WIVES (NY: D. Appleton & Co., 1852).  First edition in book form (precedes the British edition by 5 years), 17 x 11cm (12mo), handsomely bound by Bradstreet's (stamped in gilt to lower fr. turn-in) in crimson crushed morocco w/gilt borders to covers & gilt decorations & title to spine, 5 raised bands, t.e.g., decorative gilt turn-ins, marbled ep.s, 274 pp.  H.P. du Bois wrote in his Historical Essay on the Art of Bookbinding (1883): "There is a solidity [&] strength ... of workmanship about the books of the Bradstreet bindery.... Certainly, none can put a varied colored morocco coat on a book, & gild it with greater perfection in choice of ornament & splendor of gold, & with greater care, taste & success, than Bradstreet's" (p.35).  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. rubbed); contents Very Good (1st several leaves moderately spotted w/only occas. lt. spotting thereafter).  (Inv. #1125)  C$200

Verne, Jules, HECTOR SERVADAC (London: Strahan & Co. Ltd., n.d. [1877])  More Information

Walker, Frederick, and G[eorge]. J[ohn]. Pinwell (illus.), ENGLISH RUSTIC PICTURES (London: George Routledge & Sons, n.d. [1882])  More Information

Watts, Isaac, DIVINE AND MORAL SONGS FOR CHILDREN (London: Nisbet, n.d. [1867])  More Information

Willmott, Robert Aris (ed.), POETS OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY (London: George Routledge & Co., 1857).  First edition, 22 x 16.5cm (4to), handsomely bound by Edmonds & Remnants (stamped to lower fr. pastedown) in reddish-brown morocco w/gilt decorations to covers & spine, gilt title & 4 raised bands to spine, a.e.g., silk ribbon marker, cream ep.s, [xvi, 400] pp. w/100 wood engavings by the Dalziels after Arthur Hughes, Madox Brown, Birket Foster, J. Tenniel, J.E. Millais, etc.  Printed by Richard Clay, London.  With the decorative bookplate of Henry Clay Pierce to fr. pastedown.  Binding Very Good (extremities moderately bumped & rubbed); contents Very Good (prelims & final few leaves moderately foxed w/occas. lt. foxing elsewhere).  Blackwood's Edinburgh Mag. Mar. 1857 p.316, White 106-07 ("in many respects quite as fine as the [Moxon] Tennyson"), Dalziels [353], Reid passim, Fredeman 90.4, Ray 149, de Beaumont 398, Goldman 441.  (Inv. #1123)  C$300  (a Good- copy in publisher's gilt-decorated red linen is available at C$200)

Willmott, Robert Aris, SUMMER TIME IN THE COUNTRY (London: George Routledge & Co., 1858).  First illustrated edition, 19.5 x 14.5cm (small 4to), in publisher's dark green pebble-grain cloth w/oval paper inset printed in colours by Edmund Evans after Miles Birket Foster to covers, gilt decorations to covers & spine, gilt title to spine, bevelled edges, a.e.g., cream ep.s w/binder's ticket (Bone & Son, Ball 17D) to rear pastedown, 216 [viii] pp. w/numerous wood engravings by the Dalziels after Foster, Harrison Weir & J.M. Carrick.  Printed by Richard Clay, London.  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. bumped & rubbed); contents Fair (frontis lacking, & frequent lt.-to-moderate foxing).  See McLean 1974, where the binding is repr. as frontispiece & titlepage, & in colour on the dust-jacket & p.35.  de Beaumont 401.  (Inv. #1139)  C$300

Wise, Thomas James, THE ASHLEY LIBRARY: A CATALOGUE OF PRINTED BOOKS, MANUSCRIPTS AND AUTOGRAPH LETTERS COLLECTED BY, VOL. IX (London: Printed for Private Circulation Only, 1927).  First edition, 25.5 x 19.5cm (large 8vo), in original cream buckram w/gilt design to fr. cover & gilt title to spine, bevelled edges, t.e.g. (others untrimmed), cream cardstock ep.s, 332 (xv) pp. +frontis & numerous unpaginated full-page plates, & colophon leaf to rear, w/Introduction by Alfred W. Pollard.  Stated limited edition of only 200 copies printed by the Dunedin Press Ltd., Edinburgh.  Included is a supplement to the 1st 8 vols, & perhaps more importantly the Index to the 1st 9 vols., making this an extremely valuable reference tool if one lacks the other vols.  Binding Very Good (spine darkened, lt. staining to covers, extremities sl. bumped, & prev. owner's pencil notes to recto of fr. ep.); contents Near-Fine (deckle edges a bit browned).  (Inv. #1100)  C$300

Wordsworth, William (Robert Aris Willmott, ed.), POEMS (London: Routledge Warne & Routledge, 1859).  First edition thus, 22 x 16.5cm (4to), in publisher's dark green morocco-grain cloth w/elaborate gilt embossed decorations & title to covers & spine (all designed by Albert Warren, w/his gilt monogram to spine), bevelled edges, a.e.g., cream ep.s w/binder's ticket (Leighton Son & Hodge; Ball 53E) to rear pastedown, 388 [xvi] pp. w/100 wood engravings by the Dalziels after Miles Birket Foster, J. Wolf, & John Gilbert.  Printed by R. Clay, London.  Binding Very Good (extremities moderately rubbed & bumped, hinges cracked, & ep.s somewhat foxed); contents Very Good (scattered foxing).  White 109 ("contains the hundred finely engraved blocks, ... some of them of the first rank"), Dalziels [353], Ball 68 & 164, de Beaumont 421.  (Inv. #576)  C$150

Wordsworth, William, WORDSWORTH'S POEMS FOR THE YOUNG (London: Alexander Strahan & Co., 1863).  First edition, 19 x 14.5cm (small 4to), in publisher's light brown honeycomb-grain cloth w/gilt & black decorations & title (designed by John Leighton) to fr. cover & spine, embossed decorations to rear, a.e.g., chocolate ep.s. w/binder's ticket (Burn) to rear pastedown, 92 (x) pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis, titlepage vignette after J.E. Millais, & numerous other wood engravings after John Macwhirter & John Pettie, all engraved by the Dalziels, +10pp. publ. cat. (dated Dec. 1862) to rear.  Printed at the Camden Press, London.  Inscribed to recto of frontis: "Amy Taylor, Belfast, 1870."  Binding Good (extremities moderately bumped & worn, & hinges cracked); contents Very Good (occas. lt. foxing).  White 123, Reid 71 & 204, Fredeman 95.27, de Beaumont 422, Goldman 449.  (Inv. #960)  C$200


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