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Prospectus and Specimens of the Wood Engravings... [for] The Oriental Album;  or Historical, Pictorial and Ethnographical Sketches
Prospectus and Specimens of the Wood Engravings... [for] The Oriental Album; or Historical, Pictorial and Ethnographical Sketches Illustrating the Human Families in the Valley of the Nile, Their Costumes, Usages, Habits, Modes of Life, &c.&c.&c.
By E. Prisse, Esq.
James Madden, Publisher, 8, Leadenhall Street, London... M.DCCC.XLVII [1847].
Publisher's advertisement prospectus illustrated with wood-engraved vignettes, very scarce prospectus. 4 pages, folio (555 x 380mm, 21¾ x 15"). Includes List of Plates; with publisher's printed red labels glued to first and last page. Some soiling, generally good.
Achille Prisse d'Avennes's 'Oriental Album. Characters, Costumes, and Modes of Life, in the Valley of the Nile. Illustrated from Designs Taken on the Spot...'. Prisse travelled through Egypt in the guise of an Arab. He excavated at Thebes from 1839 to 1843 with the botanist George Lloyd (1815-1843), to whom the work is dedicated and whose portrait forms the frontispiece. It was Lloyd who encouraged Prisse to begin the series of drawings which forms this work, but Lloyd accidentally shot himself so did not live to see its publication. The text is by James Augustus St. John who travelled extensively in Egypt and Nubia in 1832-33.
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Reports by the committee appointed by the Board of Trade to inquire into the navigation of the River Thames: together with the minutes of evidence (with appendices.) Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty.
Reports by the committee appointed by the Board of Trade to inquire into the navigation of the River Thames: together with the minutes of evidence (with appendices.) Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty.
London: printed by George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, printed to the Queen's most excellent majesty, for her majesty's office. 1879
Quarto in wrappers, 330 x 210mm. 13 x 8¼". Consisting of title page, contents, four coloured maps and 'minute by the president of the board of trade'. Foxing and edges tatty with tears
Four coloured maps showing the Thames from London Bridge to Southend and Sheerness, bound together. Originally accompanied a report on the navigation of the river.
From the Port of London Authority archives.
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A Report of the State of the Sheffield General Infirmary,
A Report of the State of the Sheffield General Infirmary, (Open to the Sick and Lame Poor of any Nation) From Missummer 1801, to Midsummer, 1802.
By the Committee of Accounts, Appointed by the Statutes of the Charity to Prepare the Same.
T.Pierson, Printer, Sheffield. [n.d., watermarked 1802.]
Folio letterpress broadsheet, 4pp., with engraving on front. Sheet (opened) 475 x 605mm, 18¾ x 23¾". Splits in folds, one tear.
With lists of the receipts and payments, patients admitted and discharged, legacies and subscribers. Sheffield General Infirmary was founded in 1792, becoming the Royal Infirmary in 1897, closing in 1980. The original building, as shown in the engraving, is now Heritage House, a Grade II* listed building.
[Ref: 9048]   £650.00  
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Remarks On The Proportionate Quantities Of Rain At Different Seasons In Oxford.
Remarks On The Proportionate Quantities Of Rain At Different Seasons In Oxford.
By Stephen Peter Rigaud, M.A. Savilan Professor Of Astronomy.
Oxford, Printed By S. Collingwood, Printer To The University, For The Ashmolean Society. MDCCCXXXV [1835].
Printed pamphlet, 8vo, 210 x 130mm, 8¼ x 5". Complete as issued, lacking wrapper. Light age toning as normal, titlepage with stains.
The author is Stephen Peter Rigaud (1774 - 1839), mathematical historian and astronomer.
British Library system number: 00273614.
[Ref: 9519]   £30.00  
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Almanac 1883.
Almanac 1883.
From T.J. Sawyerr, 162, Rawdon Street, Freetown.
A.J. White, Limited, 21, Farringdon Road, London, E.C.
Printed pamphlet wrapper, chromolithograph, and one disbound sheet. 12vo, 150 x 95mm, 6 x 3¾".
An Almanac printed for the British settlement at Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa. The printed text within, including verso side of disbound sheet, is overwritten by hand in ink in a non-European script. The recto of the sheet ( numbered '5') lists significant historical events for the month of February, and is illustrated with a monk looking at his fishy catch to signify Pisces. Below is a recommendation for 'Seigel's Curative Syrup' by one Joseph Woods, Chemist. According to a pencil note offered with this item, the ink manuscript is a local charm, to be recited for the purpose of curing the sick. A truly unique piece of ephemera.
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Dick Whittington And His Wonderful Cat;
Dick Whittington And His Wonderful Cat; And The Butterflies' Ball And Grasshoppers Feast, And The Troublesome Rats Of Morocco.
[n.d., c.1850.]
Play script, letterpress pamphlet, 12mo (185 x 120mm, 7¼ x 4¾"). In non-original wrapper titled in ink mss. front cover. Glued to scrap sheet.
Dick Whittington and His Cat is a folk tale that has often been adapted for stage pantomimes and plays. It tells of a poor boy in the 14th century who becomes a wealthy merchant and eventually the Lord Mayor of London because of the ratting abilities of his cat. The character of the boy is named for a real life person, Richard Whittington, but there is no evidence that Whittington had a cat.The first recorded pantomime version of the story was in 1814, starring Joseph Grimaldi as Dame Cecily Suet, the Cook. The pantomime adds another element to the story, rats, and an arch villain, the Pantomime King (or sometimes Queen) Rat, as well as the usual pantomime fairy, the Fairy of the Bells. Other added characters are a captain and his mate and some incompetent pirates. In this version, Dick and his cat "Tommy" travel to Morocco, where the cat rids the country of rats. The Sultan rewards Dick with half of his wealth.
[Ref: 10642]   £80.00  
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Explanatory Notes of  A Pack of  Cavalier Playing Cards  Temp. Charles II.
Explanatory Notes of A Pack of Cavalier Playing Cards Temp. Charles II. Forming a Complete Political Satire of The Commonwealth.
By Edmund Goldsmid, F.H.R.S., F.S.A. (Scot).
Edinburgh: E. & G. Goldsmid. 1886.
Rare letterpress pamphlet, 8vo (255 x 165mm, 10 x 6½"), 23 pp., including titlepage and introduction. In original vellum printed wrapper. Extremities chipped and tatty. Covers soiled. Light spotting to all pages.
The significance of all 53 playing cards from a unique facsimile set printed on the 13 sheets that accompanied this guide [missing] is explained. The cards were originally engraved on copper by a Royalist sympathiser during the reign of Charles II. Each card represents a personage or incident during the Civil War.
British Library: 001453612.
[Ref: 12312]   £420.00  
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Views of Toronto.  Descriptive Letterpress.
Views of Toronto. Descriptive Letterpress.
[Anon., Canadian, n.d., 1858?]
Small letterpress pamphlet, 12mo (160 x 100mm, 6¼ x 4"), 16pp. incl. printed wrapper, very scarce item. A little foxed, generally fine.
Supplement to a series of souvenir engravings (lacking) of views and principal buildings in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The text is taken from 'Nelson's Hand-Book to the City of Toronto'.
Se Library and Archives Canada: 895665697.
[Ref: 26707]   £320.00  
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[Almanac] Parker's Ephemeris  For the Year of Our Lord 1774.
[Almanac] Parker's Ephemeris For the Year of Our Lord 1774. The Eighty-Fifth Impression.
London, Printed by J. Emonson, for the Company of Stationers. [Price Nine-Pence Stitched.]
Small woodcut and letterpress booklet, printed in red and black; 12mo (160 x 100mm, 6¼ x 4"), lacking original binding and with later detached brown paper wrapper. A little soiled and stained; contents generally good.
A miscellany of general and historical information, including astronomical, astrological, and meteorological charts/tables, calendars, and a few decorative woodcut vignettes. Title page with woodcut portrait of George Parker (1651-1743), almanac maker. In 1690 Parker commenced the publication of an almanac with the title 'Mercurius Anglicanus; or the English Mercury,' which was continued under his name until 1781. In 1707 the name of the publication was changed to 'Parker's Ephemeris.' With pen ownership inscription 'Thomas Cadbird' to title page.
See BL General Reference Collection P.P.2465.
[Ref: 26708]   £110.00  
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The Quaker; A Comic Opera,
The Quaker; A Comic Opera, by Charles Dibdin. Adapted for Theatrical Representation: As Performed at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. Regulated from the Prompt-Book. By Permission of the Managers. The Lines distiguished by inverted Commas, are omitted in the Representation.
London: Printed for John Cawthorn, 5, Catherine Street, Strand, Bookseller to Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. 1805. Printed by T. Collins, Harvey's Buildings, Strand.
Programme. 8vo. 153 x 100mm. 6 x 4". Nicks and tears, no binding.
Charles Dibdin (1745-1814), British musician, dramatist, novelist, actor and songwriter, born in Southampton, the son of a parish clerk. The Quaker was written in 1775.
[Ref: 14479]   £75.00  
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A Catalogue of useful and entertaining Books, printed for, and sold by J. Cooke, Pater-noster Row, London, and most other Booksellers and News-carriers in England. - I. - Published by the King's Authority. The Christian's Preparation…-II.- Every Patient
A Catalogue of useful and entertaining Books, printed for, and sold by J. Cooke, Pater-noster Row, London, and most other Booksellers and News-carriers in England. - I. - Published by the King's Authority. The Christian's Preparation…-II.- Every Patient his Own Doctor; Or, the Sick Man's Triumph over Death and the Grave…-III-The Complete Sportsman; Or, Counrty Gentelman's Recreation…-IV.- A Companion for the Fire-Side; Or, Winter Evening's Amusement…….-XX.- The History of the Renowned Don Quixote de la Mancha…-XXI.- The Moder Book-Keeper; Or, Book-Keeping Made Perfectly Easy.
[London. Cooke, 1770.]
Letterpress. Four page 8vo pamphlet. 210 x 134mm. 8¼ x 5¼".
Booksellers' Advert.
[Ref: 15516]   £60.00  
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1885. Proposed Restoration of the Ancient Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great. West Smithfield, E.C. Founded by Rahere, 1103-1123.
1885. Proposed Restoration of the Ancient Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great. West Smithfield, E.C. Founded by Rahere, 1103-1123. General Restoration Committee... Present Condition of the Church and Prospects of Restoration…Report for Proposed Restoration…Subscriptions…Plan of St. Bartholomew the Great Smithfield Shewing secular encroachments. [&] List of Contributions and Views Shewing Present Condition of the Ancient Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great. West Smithfield E.C. 1885.
[For the photograph views.] Ink-photo. Sprague & Co. London.
April 27th, 1885.
Two letterpress 4to pamphlets, each of 2 pages double-sided; the latter containing ink photo images. 255 x 210mm. 10 x 8¼".
The Priory Church was founded in 1123 as part of a monastery of Augustinian Canons, and later dissolved in 1539 and the nave demolished. Under Queen Mary, there was a brief period during which Dominican friars resided over the church, until it reverted to being a Parish Church under Queen Elizabeth I. Various parts of the building were damaged or destroyed through the centuries until restoration began in the 19th century, first in the 1860s and then, under Sir Aston Webb. Sir Aston Webb (1849-1930) was an English architect; this restoration acting as his first major work. He is responsible for the Queen Victoria Memorial, the principal façade of Buckingham Palace, the Victoria and Albert Museum's main building; amongst many others nationwide.
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The London Cigarette Card Co., Ltd. Cambridge House, 30, Wellesley Road, Chiswick, London, W.4. Telephone: CHIswick 2346. Abridged Catalogue of Cigarette Cards, Albums and Accessories 1938.
The London Cigarette Card Co., Ltd. Cambridge House, 30, Wellesley Road, Chiswick, London, W.4. Telephone: CHIswick 2346. Abridged Catalogue of Cigarette Cards, Albums and Accessories 1938. ...Forword. In presenting the ninth edition of our free Catalogue we beg to solicit the continued valued patronage of our customers and to assure them that every possible attention will be given to their requirements.
M. Brown, Printer, 15 Bramley Road, North Kensington, W.10.
Printed letterpress, booklet of 32 pages. 190 x 102mm. 7½ x 4".
The London Cigarette Card Co. Ltd was established in 1927. This catalogue contains a complete listing of cards, albums and accessories. The first few pages detail the conditions of sale, shipment arrangements, special concessions, exchanges and cash allowances. On verso, mention of exhibtions to be held Dorland Hall, Regent Street.
[Ref: 18031]   £80.00  
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Lewis Carroll Centenary Exhibition. Speech by J.C. Squire at the Opening Ceremony 28th June, 1932.
Lewis Carroll Centenary Exhibition. Speech by J.C. Squire at the Opening Ceremony 28th June, 1932.
The Old Court House. John & Edward Bumpus, Ltd. Booksellers to His Majesty the King. 350 Oxford Street, London, W. Printed by George W. Jones. Gough Square, London, E.C.4.
Printed booklet. 178 x 114mm. 7 x 4½".
The speech was delivered by J.C. Squire at the Opening of the Lewis Carroll Centenary Exhibition on 28th June 1932. The opening ceremony was performed by Mrs Reginald Hargreaves (the original Alice); other speakers were the The Very Rev. The Dean of Christ Church, Sir Gerald du Maurier and B.J. Collingwood (Lewis Carroll's nephew). The last page shows a reproduction of the invitation card as designed by Rex Whistler. The ornate design includes the famous images of the Cheshire cat, Alice, Tweedledee and Tweedledum and the Queen of Hearts, with a croquet hoop and ball by her feet.
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Extrait de l'Album breton, 2eme Serie.
Extrait de l'Album breton, 2eme Serie. Berceau et Tombe de Chateaubriand. [&] Hotel de France a St. Malo.
Dessine d'apres nature & lith. par H. Lorette.
Lith. Landais & Oberthur, Rennes [n.d., c.1847/48].
Two sepia-tinted lithographic plates t/w titlepage and text leaf in original publisher's brown paper printed wrapper. Some, mostly marginal, spotting to plates; wrapper atty and chipped.
The two plates are views in Saint-Malo, a walled port city in Brittany in northwestern France on the English Channel. It is a sub-prefecture of the Ille-et-Vilaine department. This is one part (the 12th) of a pictorial supplement to the 'Guide historique et statistique... d'Ille-et-Vilaine' by Émile Ducrest de Villeneuve. Together these separtely-issued parts formed the 2nd series of the 'Album breton', together with the 'Souvenirs de Rennes' (1st) series. The Bibliotheque nationale de France has both series of the album as two 4to vols. Two pages of descriptive text at rear initialled 'E.D.V[illeneuve].' Exceedingly rare in this the original presentation to subscribers.
See BNF FRBNF36386693 and FRBNF30366563.
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[Verses from a volume of love poetry]
[Verses from a volume of love poetry]
[Anon., British, n.d., c.1830s.]
Letterpress pamphlet/chapbook, 8vo (210 x 135mm, 8¼ x 5¼"), [14]pp., loosely stitched, lacking wrappers, rear leaf almost detached. Slightly stained and soiled, as normal.
Verses of popular valentines, or love poems, each captioned and addressed to or from 'a Gentleman', 'a Lady', or others - i.e. 'To a Waterman', 'To a Fisherman', or 'To a Quaker'. This may be extracted from 'Richardson's new London fashionable gentleman's Valentine writer or, The lover's own book', printed in Derby by Thomas Richardson & Son.
See BL 015119537.
[Ref: 20982]   £130.00  
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Islington, Kentish Town, Camden Town and Mitcham , Surrey. Particulars and Conditions of Sale, of Six Valuable Leasehold Dwelling-Houses and Shops, Nos. 3 to 8, York Terrace, York Road, Camden Road, Islington, Most desirably situated in a rising
Islington, Kentish Town, Camden Town and Mitcham , Surrey. Particulars and Conditions of Sale, of Six Valuable Leasehold Dwelling-Houses and Shops, Nos. 3 to 8, York Terrace, York Road, Camden Road, Islington, Most desirably situated in a rising neighbourhood, and well tenanted; A Compact Private Residence, No.80, Torriano Avenue, Camden Road, Kentish Town; Seven Leasehold Ground Rents, Amounting Together to £37. 5s., Secured on Houses in Great College Street, Albert Terrace, and Camden Road, Camden Town; and a Freehold ground Rent of £21, Arising from Nine Houses, Rock Terrace, Mitcham, Surrey, The whole producing about £450 per annum; For Sale by Auction by Messrs. Charlton & Skinner, at the Guildhall Coffee House, Gresham Street, On Monday, the 27th of August, 1866, at Twelve for One O'Clock, By Order of the Executor of the late J. Cumberland, Esq., in Fifteen Lots. Particulars and Conditions of Sale may be had at the Guildhall Coffee House, Gresham Street; Brecknock Arms, Camden Road, Islington; J. Greenwood, Esq., Solicitor, 7, Chandos Street, Cavendish Square; Messrs. Charlton & Skinner, Auctioneers and Surveyors, Tonbridge; or at the Estate Exchange, Change Alley, Cornhill.
Waterlow and Sons, Printers, Carpenter's Hall, London Wall. [1866.]
Letterpress auction-guide of seven sides. 420 x 292mm. 16½ x 11½". Folded.
An auction pamphlet for property in Camden, London; with a plan of the property as a centre-fold.
[Ref: 21076]   £130.00  
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Ballet 1946-1947.
Ballet 1946-1947.
Covent Garden Books - Number One. Editor: Anthony Gishford.
Printed by Jarrold and Sons Ltd. Norwich and Published by The Covent Garden Opera Trust. [n.d. c.1947.]
Book, 4to; 63 pages. Coloured cover of the stage from a right-wing box.
An illustrated sixty-three page book on the Royal Ballet. It includes contributions by Philip Page "The Royal Opera House", Anthony Gishford "The Covent Garden Opera Trust" and "Frederick Ashton" (with a portrait by Cecil Beaton), David Webster "Lord Keynes", Frances Harris "Ninette de Valois", Sacheverell Sitwell "The Sleeping Beauty" and "Giselle", and Michael Benthall "The Creation of a Ballet". This volume is superbly illustrated with portraits of the dancers and notables, including Ninette de Valois, Constant Lambert, Frederick Ashton, Margot Fonteyn, Moira Shearer, Harold Turner, Pamela May, June Brae, Robert Helpmann, David Paltenghi, Alexis Rassine, Beryl Grey, Michael Somes, and so on, together with photographs of performances and stagings. Among the photographs are works by Cecil Beaton, Germaine Kanova, Baron, Frank Sharman, Gordon Anthony, etc. Other illustrations include a colour plate depicting "William Chappell's backcloth design for the first act of Coppelia", and color photographs of performances of "The Sleeping Beauty" featuring Margot Fonteyn .Among the ballets featured in this, number one of the Covent Garden books, are "The Sleeping Beauty", "Giselle", "Adam Zero", "Les Sirenes".
[Ref: 23324]   £140.00  
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The Whole Proceedings On the King's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, And Gaol Delivery for the City of London, and also The Gaol Delivery For the County of Middlesex, held at Justic Hall, in the Old Bailey; on Wednesday, 23rd of October, 1822,
The Whole Proceedings On the King's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, And Gaol Delivery for the City of London, and also The Gaol Delivery For the County of Middlesex, held at Justic Hall, in the Old Bailey; on Wednesday, 23rd of October, 1822, and following Days; Being the Eighth Session in the Mayoralty of the Right Hon. Christopher Magnay, Lord Mayor of the City of London. Taken in Short-Hand by H. Buckler, (By Authority of the Corporation of the City of London.)
London: Printed for H. Buckler, By J. Book, 31, St. Andrew's Hill, Doctors' Commons; and Published By T. Keys, City Library, Coleman Street. 1822.
4to book, pp.66. Tatty edges and paper toning. Some water staining.
An account of the Old Bailey Sessions from 23rd October 1822 over several days when the accused are put on trial and punished. 117 cases are heard where case number 1489 a Mary Morris is transported for theft. Christopher Magnay (1746-1826) was the Lord Mayor of London from 1821 - 1822; this was his last session to preside over the court proceedings at the Old Bailey. George IV was on the throne at the time. Many of the accused were transported executed fined and found not guilty! A major source for the subject of transportation.
[Ref: 23400]   £850.00  
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Propagation of the Gospel, (North America).
Propagation of the Gospel, (North America). Copy of A Memorandum transmitted to Viscount Goderich, relative to the State of the English Church in the North American Colonies.
Ordered, by The House of Commons, to be printed, 22 May 1827.
Letterpress, 6pp. glued, Sheet 320 x 200mm (12½ x 8").
A pamphlet presented to the House of Commons, calling for more missionaries to be sent to propagate the Church of England in the wilds of Canada.
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Illustrations to Browning's Poems.  Part II.
Illustrations to Browning's Poems. Part II.
Published for the Browning Society by N. Trubner & Co., 57 & 59, Ludgate Hill, London, E.C., 1883. Price Ten Shillings.
Two plates facing each other (complete as per list to cover), separated by an original tissue guard, bound into contemporary printed green boards. Small folio, 345 x 255mm, 13½ x 10". Boards scuffed, rubbed and chipped in places. Foxing to plates, mostly marginal.
The first plate, "reproduced by Dawson's Fotoengraving process", is 'Andrea del Sarto pleading with his Wife', the inspiration for Robert Browning's (1812-1889) 'Andrea del Sarto'. The second plate is a photomechanical portrait of the poet. Browning published poems and plays from 1832, and married Elizabeth Barrett in 1846. He published The Ring and the Book, 1868-9, Balaustion's Adventure, 1871, and Dramatic Idylls, 1879-80; Browning was one of the great poets of the nineteenth-century, pre-eminent for his intellectuality, and for his use of dramatic psychological monologues. Advetising and other text to both upper and lower covers.
See BL Wf1/2740 & 2741.
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The Court of Oberon, or The Three Wishes.  A Drama in Three Acts.
The Court of Oberon, or The Three Wishes. A Drama in Three Acts.
[By Elizabeth Yorke, Countess of Hardwicke.]
London: Printed At The Shakspeare Press By W. Nicol. MDCCCXXXI. [1831.]
Book, 4to (280 x 220mm, 11 x 8¾"), first edition. Contemporary half morocco gilt over brown cloth boards, gilt lettered spine. With a coloured lithographic frontispiece illustrating Act I on india paper by Templeton after the author's design. Also dedication to Princess Victoria, Preface and cast list, pp.55, complete. Binding scuffed and rubbed, spine chipped at top. First four leaves slightly foxed, remainder ok.
Lady Elizabeth Scot Yorke (nee Lindsay) (1763 - 1858) married Philip Yorke, 3rd Earl of Hardwicke in 1782 to become Countess of Hardwicke. This play was written before 1800 by the Countess for her children. Printed in aid of the "distressed Irish".
British Library: 003999563.
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[Religious pamphlets.]
[Religious pamphlets.] The Bible. Count o’er five Books of Moses [...] [&] A form of prayer to be used in all Churches and chapels throughout those parts of the United Kingdom called England and Ireland [...]
Doncaster: Printed by C. White, Baxter-Gate. [n.d. c.1835.] [&] Doncaster: Sold by Brooke & Co. High-Street; and C. White, Baxter-Gate. [n.d. c.1832.]
Two letterpress pamphlets, 8vo, 4pp., 215 x 140mm (8½ x 5½") & 222 x 145mm (8¾ x 5¾"). 'Prayer creased and soiled.
Two pamphlets: one celebrating the word of God and thanking him for 'His Blessed Book', the other an Anglican Communion prayer.
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The Clique. No. 1,122. Private. For the Trade Only. Issued every Saturday. P.M. Barnard, 10 Dudley Road,. Tunbridge Wells. Owing to my system of issuing Classified Catalogues, I am a large buyer in various subjects I am ask no discount from the
The Clique. No. 1,122. Private. For the Trade Only. Issued every Saturday. P.M. Barnard, 10 Dudley Road,. Tunbridge Wells. Owing to my system of issuing Classified Catalogues, I am a large buyer in various subjects I am ask no discount from the Booksellers who put me on their earliest list for catalogues. I examine most carefully MS. copy of catalogues sent to me, and order as much as possible thus saving seller the expense of printing...Reports desired by Maggs., 109 Strand, London, W.C., Scarce Books, Prints, Autographs, including First Edition of Stevenson, Hardy, Meredith and Kipling. Also rare Australian books and pamphlets. All reports receive immediate and careful attention. See inside for weekly "Desiderata".
30 Rivercourt Road, London W. Registered Telegraphic Address-"Clicourt, London." Telephone-485 Chiswick. May 11. 1912.
Letterpress pamphlet, 48 pages. 247 x 159mm (9¾ x 6¼"). Paper toning and soiling.
A magazine with book sellers and dealers of Great Britain, including Maggs Bros, London, listing their wants and desires.
[Ref: 30341]   £25.00  
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Books and Pictures from the Estate of the Late Mr. George Allen. For Sale. May be seen at 156, Charing Cross Road London.
Books and Pictures from the Estate of the Late Mr. George Allen. For Sale. May be seen at 156, Charing Cross Road London.
No.11. February 1909.
8vo, catalogue, 16 pages, 10 plates (including 8 illustrations showing 43 pieces of Martinware, very scarce. 230 x 157mm (9 x 6¼"). Some toning.
A scarce sale catalogue of items from the estate of George Allen (1832-1907), best known as the publisher of John Ruskin (who is represented in the catalogue by a series of etchings, and several watercolours). He was an avid collector of Martin-Ware, of which 100 are offered.
[Ref: 30363]   £550.00  
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The First Annual Dinner of the Second-Hand Booksellers' Association held at The Criterion, Thursday, 23rd January, 1908. Reprinted from
The First Annual Dinner of the Second-Hand Booksellers' Association held at The Criterion, Thursday, 23rd January, 1908. Reprinted from "The Clique," The Recognised Organ of the Second-hand Book Trade. The Clique was established in 1809 to facilitate intercourse and business between Booksellers, and is not supplied to the General Public. Subscription 6/6 per annum Post Free...Gentlemen,-This time I say gentlemen advisedly, for although I have heard of Lady booksellers, no Suffragette has yet claimed the right of admission to our Honourable Association...The Song of the Association. (As sung at the Dinner)...
[n.d. c.1908.]
Letterpress, four pages, 4to: 254 x 158mm (10 x 6¼").
Notes on the first annual dinner of the Second-hand Booksellers' Association, the precursor to the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association; the pamphlet includes the words to the 'Song of the Association'.
[Ref: 30453]   £75.00  
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[Auction Catalogue]
[Auction Catalogue] Catalogue of the Collection of Pictures, drawings, sketches, & engravings, by the late Henry Perlee Parker of London... which are disposed of by order of the Artist's Daughter...which will be sold by Auction, by Messrs Davison & Son... Newcastle-on-Tyne, on Tuesday 10th December, 1895...
J. Beall, Printer, &c, St. Andrew's Street, Newcastle.
Brochure, printed wrappers, pp. 19, seven photogravure plates. Some pages loose, front cover damaged.
Auction catalogue for a sale of works by Henry Perlee Parker, with a biorgraphical preface. The second day's sale comprises of paintings 'for another account', including works by Roberts, Richard Wilson, Salvator Rosa, Lely, Constable and Poussin amongst others.
[Ref: 31410]   £120.00  
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[Two Auction Catalogues for jewellery sale]
[Two Auction Catalogues for jewellery sale] The costly stock of jewellery, modern plate, plated ware, &c.of Mr. Wirgman,without reserve...will be Sold by Auction, by Mr. Phillips at his great rooms, No. 73, New Bond Sttreet, on Thursday 1st May 1823...
Two leaflets, printed wrappers, pp. 56 & 8. Part of front page missing on small catalogue
Two catalogues for a jewellery sale. The largest contains details of all 1092 lots across nine days, with many results recorded in ms. The second catalogue contains only the fourth days sale lots. Also contains a sheet (double sided) of Mr. Lamb's purchases at the sale amounting to £176 ! and no buyer's premium.
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Catalogue of the Works of British Artists in the Gallery of the British Institution, Pall Mall, for Exhibition and Sale. 1836.
Catalogue of the Works of British Artists in the Gallery of the British Institution, Pall Mall, for Exhibition and Sale. 1836.
[London: The British Institution, 1836.]
4to, disbound; pp. (18) (numbered 7-20+(6)).
A list of 503 pictures and sculptures, with works by David Roberts (from his Spanish tour), Edwin Landseer, John Constable, J.M.W. Turner and William Beechey.
Ink ownership inscription of Richard James.
[Ref: 40885]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Die Schachspieler.  Les jouers d'echecs.  The Chess-Players.
Die Schachspieler. Les jouers d'echecs. The Chess-Players. A Drawing by Moritz Retzsch, explained, according to hints from himself, by C. Borr. von Miltitz.
MRetzsch 1831 [in plate, lower right].
Verlag des Herausgebers. Druck der Teubner'schen Officin in Dresden. [German, n.d., c.1840.]
Outline etching, Satan playing chess with Man for his Soul; together with three letterpress explanation leaves in German, English and French (as called for), in original printed paper wrappers. Oblong folio, 260 x 340mm, 10¼ x 13½". Very rare in this the original presentation. Wrappers soiled and tatty; trace of vertical crease. Damage to right corner of front two pages and back.
The fantastic allegorical composition shows a winged angel watching the game with sorrowful expression; the gaming board rests upon an elaborately carved table placed underneath a gothic arch carved with animal, lion and skull motifs. Designed and engraved by Moritz Retzsch (German, 1779 - 1857).
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[Southgate, Grimston & Wells, auction catalogue.]  Valuable Books of Prints, Copper Plates, &c…the Property of W[illiam] Daniell, Esq. R.A.;
[Southgate, Grimston & Wells, auction catalogue.] Valuable Books of Prints, Copper Plates, &c…the Property of W[illiam] Daniell, Esq. R.A.; Including The Entire Remainders and Copyrights of the following Well-Knownm Extremely Splendid, and Valuable Works, Views on the coast of Great Britain 8 vol. 320 coppers; ...Sir Walter Scott’s Provincial Antiquities (Author’s original copies)... Which will be Sold by Auction, By Messrs. Southgate, Grimston & Wells...on Thursday, the 14th of July, 1831, and Two following Days.
G. Larrance, Typ. Dorset Street, Fleet Street. [1831.]
Stitched letterpress pamphlet, 8vo., 225 x 145mm (9 x 5¾"); 36pp., complete; partially unopened, lacking wrappers. Slightly tatty extremities and some light spotting; generally good.
Southgate's July 1831 catalogue no. 275, of copper printing plates, plate books and print sets, formerly the property of William Daniell (1769 - 1837), landscape painter and engraver. Among the printing plates for sale were those for his 'A Voyage round Great Britain', 'Views of London', 'The London Docks', Samuel Daniell's 'African Scenery', George Dance's portraits of 'eminent characters', 'Windsor Castle', 'Ceylon' and 'Prince of Wales Island'. The 'Voyage Round Great Britain' plates are now in the Tate Gallery: Iain Bain’s account of their history (William Daniell; a voyage…an exhibition, 1979) does not mention this sale and states 'as yet it has not been possible to arrive at an exact account of their survival'. He states that by the 1850s the plates were owned by the publisher Henry G. Bohn (also owner of the Gillray caricature plates) and subsequent owners include Armand Maurice and Putnam's, before The Bodley Head sold the plates to the Tate Gallery Publications Department in 1972. Southgate specialised in trade remainder sales; his catalogues are generally very uncommon. Certainly we have been unable to trace another example of this catalogue.
[Ref: 17478]   £2,300.00  
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A Key to the Political Sketches of H.B.
A Key to the Political Sketches of H.B. Nos 1 - 200, Arranged as Published, up to June, 1832. Price 2s. Each Plate.
Published Solely by Thomas McLean, 26, Haymarket, London. Where complete sets and keys may be had.
8vo pamphlet, partially unopened. Ink ownership stamps on front and back, ink mss note on front.
A pamphlet listing the titles of the first 200 caricatures drawn by John Doyle (1797 - 1868) under the pseudonym 'H.B', with a key to the personages satirised. Eventually the index reached at least 600.
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Catalogue of the Celebrated Esterhazy Jewels,
Catalogue of the Celebrated Esterhazy Jewels, which (By order of Mr. Boore, who has recently purchased them from the Trustees of the late Prince Paul Esterhazy) will be sold by Auction, by Messrs. Christie, Manson & Woods, at their Great Rooms, 8, King Street, St. James's Square, On Friday, March 29, 1867 [...]
4to book, 14pp. Ms annotations throughout. Scarce.
Catalogue for the sale of jewels which had belonged to Prince Pál Antal Esterházy de Galántha (1786-1866), a Hungarian prince and member of the famous Esterházy family, at Christie's in 1867. The auction was a spectacular success. The prices realised and buyers of each lot are annotated.
[Ref: 37536]   £520.00  
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The Political House that Jack Built.
The Political House that Jack Built. 'A straw-thrown up to show which way the wind blows.' With Thirteen Cuts. Twenty-Fourth Edition.
[Illustrations by George Cruikshank.]
London: Printed by and for William Hone, Ludgate Hill. 1819. One Shilling.
8vo pamplet, disbound and mounted on album paper; pp. 20, 11 wood engravings by George Cruikshank.
William Hone's wildly popular radical pamphlet, attacking the authoritarian nature of the British government, satirising lawyers, the church, the monarchy and the army. The cover illustration shows the Duke of Wellington adding his sword to the Scales of Justice, trying to get the Establishment to outweigh a writing quill, captioned 'The Pen and the Sword'. Throughout Hone quotes from William Cowper's 'The Task'. First published in December 1819, this 24th edition was published before the end of the year. It is estimated that 100,000 copies were printed in two years. 1819 was the year of the Peterloo Massacre and the subsequent legislation known as the Six Acts, which made mass meetings illegal and toughened the laws against seditious publications. Hone was adept at defending himself against seditious libel and blasphemy charges: having been acquitted three times in 1817 he was virtually untouchable by the courts. Although the titlepage calls for 13 wood engravings, two of these appear in a second article in the pamphlet, 'The Clerical Magistrate', not present here.
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Description of the Grand Picture , Now Exhibiting in the Roman Gallery, of the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly,
Description of the Grand Picture , Now Exhibiting in the Roman Gallery, of the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, Representing the Pathetic Incident in Roman History, the Death of Virginia, Painted by Monsieur Le Thiere, Professor of Painting in Paris, and Member of the Institute of France; The Artist, who so successfully exhibited, in the same gallery, a few years since, a picture of similar Magnitude, entitled 'The Judgement of Brutus.'
London: Printed by James Bullock, Lombard-Street, Whitefriars. 1828.
8vo pamphlet, later card wrappers with ink mss. label, pp. 24, with folding etched plate. Lacking original paper covers.
The guide to an exhibition of a painting, Guillaume Lethiere's 'The Death of Virginia', painted c.1800. It illustrates a story from Livy, in which a Roman centurion stabs his daughter rather than let her be despoiled by a corrupt decemvir. The resulting riots led to the overthrow of the decemviri and the re-establishment of the Roman Republic. Guillaume Guillon-Lethière (1760-1832), born in Guadeloupe to a French colonial official and 'mulatto' mother, was a rival of Jacques-Louis David. This painting is now in the Louvre.
[Ref: 40881]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Gallery of Poets, Pall-Mall and Fleet-Street, April 2, 1790.
Gallery of Poets, Pall-Mall and Fleet-Street, April 2, 1790. Catalogue of the Third Exhibition of Pictures, Painted for Mr. Macklin by the Artists of Britain, Illustrative of the British Poets, and the Bible.
London: Printed by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, Fleet Street.
4to, lacking covers; pp. 42.
Guide to an exhibition of 41 paintings by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Cosway, Hamilton and others, mounted to publicise two of Thomas Macklin's publications. 'Macklin's British Poets' was a series of 100 paintings illustrating famous English poems, published monthly as engravings between 1790 and 1795, many engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi. His three-volume Bible contained 70 plates and has a production cost estimated at £30,000. According to the Dictionary of National Biography the Macklin Bible 'endures as the most ambitious edition produced in Britain, often pirated but never rivalled'.
[Ref: 40883]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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The Fratricide, or the Murderer's Gibbet, Being the Right Tragical Hystorie of Sir J. Dinely Goodere, Bart.,
The Fratricide, or the Murderer's Gibbet, Being the Right Tragical Hystorie of Sir J. Dinely Goodere, Bart., Who was murdered by his Brother, Capt. Samuel Goodere, and Assistants, On the 19th of January, 1741, on board his Majesty;s Ship the Ruby, 64. then lying in Kingroad, Bristol. To the Editor of the Bristol Mirror.
[n.d., c.1842.]
Letterpress pamphlet; 8vo, pp. (iv) with wood-engraved illustration. Some age-toning, glue stains, old ink mss, correction.
The transcript of a letter to the editor of the Bristol Mirror, in which the unnamed correspondent tells of being shown the gibbet irons in which the body of one of the murderers, Matthew Mahony, was displayed, with an illustration of the contraption. Feeling slighted by what he regarded as an unfair division of an inheritance, Captain Samuel Goodere arranged for his older brother, Sir John Dinely Goodere, to be abducted, taken to his ship (HMS Ruby) and garrotted. Found guilty, the three were executed on the 20th April 1741 and hung in chains.
See item 21373 for a contemporary print with portraits and scenes.
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Murder of Mrs Frances Ruscombe and Her Maid, In College Green A.D. 1764.
Murder of Mrs Frances Ruscombe and Her Maid, In College Green A.D. 1764.
[n.d., c.1842.]
Letterpress pamphlet; 8vo, pp. 4, Glue stains.
A description of an infamous Bristol murder by Richard Smith, who seems to have a fascination with examining notorious murders.
[Ref: 40959]   £50.00  
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A Catalogue of the Miniatures, Drawing and Pictures by the Late Sir William C. Ross, R.A.
A Catalogue of the Miniatures, Drawing and Pictures by the Late Sir William C. Ross, R.A. Collected for Exhibition at the Society of Arts, John Street, Aldephi, W.C. Proof.
Printed by Whittingham and Wilkins, at the Chiswick Press, for the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manusfactures and Commerce. 1860.
4to, disbound; pp. 26.
A list of 212 items on display at the commemorative exhibition following the death of Sir William Charles Ross (1794-1860), listing the owners of the pictures.
[Ref: 40886]   £90.00   (£108.00 incl.VAT)
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The Exhibition of the Royal Academy, M.DCCCXIII. The Forty-Fifth.
The Exhibition of the Royal Academy, M.DCCCXIII. The Forty-Fifth.
London: Printed by B. McMillan, Bow Street, Covent Garden, Printer to the Royal Academy. (Price One Shilling.)
4to pamphlet, pp. 42 (list of exhibits)+(8)(lists of members & exhibitors). Some usage wear, contemporary ink marginalia throughout.
The brochure to the Royal Academy Exhibition of 1813, with manuscript notes to the paintings by 'Richard James'. Among the exhibits are J.M.W. Turner's 'Frosty Morning' (described by James as 'a large picture much below what I conceived of Turner'); Philip Reinagle's 'group of stages' ('tame and mannered'); Arnaud's 'Boar that killed Adonis' ('a very good picture - but too gaudy'); and James Ward's 'A favourite hunter ' ('excellent') and 'A hunter' ('capital').
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A Catalogue of Spanish Books and Manuscripts
A Catalogue of Spanish Books and Manuscripts
[c.1780]
4to, 22pp.
Catalogue listing, in alphabetical order, volumes in Spanish available from a British dealer in the late 18th century.
[Ref: 39668]   £80.00  
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Catalogue of the Sketches and Drawings by J.M.W. Turner, R.A.
Catalogue of the Sketches and Drawings by J.M.W. Turner, R.A. Exhibited in Marlborough House In the Year 1857-8. Accompanied with Illustrative Notes.
By John Ruskin, M.A.
London: Printed by Spottiswoode and Co., New-Street Square. 1857.
8vo pamplet, stitched; pp. 53 + ii (publisher's ad). Old ink mss. ownership inscription, with small hole caused by pen.
The guide to a posthumous exhibition of over 200 Turner's paintings, written by the pre-eminent Victorian art critic, John Ruskin (1819-1900), whose 'Modern Painters' (1843) was an a defence of Turner's work.
[Ref: 40882]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Ode of the Death of the Duke of Wellington.
Ode of the Death of the Duke of Wellington.
By Alfred Tennyson, Poet Laureate.
London: Edward Moxon, Dovers Street Street, 1852.
Rare letterpress pamphlet, 8vo, printed wrappers, pp.16. Wrappers and pages mounted in album paper. Old ink ownership inscription on front wrapper.
Six pages of verse composed by Tennyson two years after he became Poet Laureate and over thirty years before he was ennobled.
[Ref: 37179]   £240.00  
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Service and Anthems to be used upon Thursday the 18th Day of November 1852, being the Day Appointed for the Public Funeral of His Grace Field Marshal The Duke of Wellington,
Service and Anthems to be used upon Thursday the 18th Day of November 1852, being the Day Appointed for the Public Funeral of His Grace Field Marshal The Duke of Wellington, K.G. in the Cathedral Church of St Paul, London.
By Authority of the Dean Of St Paul's.
London: Printed by George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty. For Her Majesty's Stationery Office. 1852.
Letterpress pamphlet, 8vo, pp.16. With ink a.l.s letter from Henry Hart Milman. Lacking wrappers, pages mounted in album paper.
Milman (1791-1868) was the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral at the time of the funeral.
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The Duke's Funeral: A Poem.
The Duke's Funeral: A Poem.
By Sir Francis Hastings Doyle, Bart., Late Fellow of All Souls' College, Oxford.
London: Clarke, Beeton, & Co., Foreign Booksellers, 148 Fleet Street. [n.d., c.1852.
Letterpress pamphlet, 8vo, printed wrappers, pp.16, two wood engravings. With ink mss envelope (?) with Doyle's signature pasted at rear. Lacking wrappers, pages mounted in album paper. Old ink ownership inscription on front wrapper.
With an interior of Chelsea Hospital during the lying-in-state, and a view of the funeral procession with the hearse. Doyle (1810-88) was Professor of Poetry at Oxford from 1867 and caricatured by Spy in 1877.
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Catalogue of Works of Art Sent In, Pursuant to the Notices Issued by Her Majesty's Commissioners on the Fine Arts,
Catalogue of Works of Art Sent In, Pursuant to the Notices Issued by Her Majesty's Commissioners on the Fine Arts, for Exhibitio in Westminster Hall.
London: Printed by William Clowes and Sons, Stamford Street, for Her Majesty's Stationery Office. 1844.
4to, disbound; pp. 24.
A list of 183 sculptures, frescoes and pictures submitted for the decoration of the New Palace at Westminster, rebuilt after the disastrous fire of 1834. A Royal Fine Art Commission under the presidency of Prince Albert had been set up, which decided to encourage a British school of history painting. Among the exibitiors is William Dyce, who was the first to start fresco work in the Palace in 1848, completing only five of the seven commissioned works before he died in 1864.
Ink ownership inscription of Richard James and John Martin.
[Ref: 40887]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Catalogue of the Works of the Late Sir David Wilkie R.A. together with a Selection of Pictures by Ancient Masters,
Catalogue of the Works of the Late Sir David Wilkie R.A. together with a Selection of Pictures by Ancient Masters, with which The Proprietors have favoured the Institution. June 1842.
[London: The British Institution, 1842.]
4to, disbound; pp. (10) (numbered 7-16).
A list of the 193 paintings of Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841) exhibited at the British Institution a year after his death, listing the owners of the paintings.
Ink ownership inscription of Richard James.
[Ref: 40884]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Catalogue de la Librarie, Estampes et Estampes et autres Articles de fond de Frédéric Wilmans.
Catalogue de la Librarie, Estampes et Estampes et autres Articles de fond de Frédéric Wilmans. Libraire, éditeur et marchand d'estampes. Zeil, Lett. D. No. 188.
Francfort sur Mein, 1829.
A very rare, unopened, letterpress booklet. 135 x 230mm (5¼ x 9"). Light foxing and creases.
A sales catalogue listing the items from the collection of librarian, printseller and editor Frédéric Wilmans. The collection contains manuals, dictionaries, maps, German and Swiss views, drawings and embroidery designs and items are listed in both French and German.
[Ref: 44674]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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1874. Woman's Rights. An Original Epilogue.
1874. Woman's Rights. An Original Epilogue.
by Horty Cultor, Esq., O.S.
Very scarce.
An epilogue advocating Woman's Rights. However it was not until 1928 that Woman received equal rights to men.
[Ref: 9370]   £330.00  
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