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The Antiquities of Richborough and Reculver.
The Antiquities of Richborough and Reculver. Abridged from the Latin of Mr. Archdeacon Battely.
London, Printed for J.Johnson, in St. Paul's Church-Yard, MDCCLXXIV [1774].
8vo, C19th calf gilt, marbled endpapers and edges, bookplates on front pastedown and front endpaper, ink ownship inscription on prelim. Frontis. map, title, pp. x + 152, incl. errata, appendix and index, one engraved plate.
An account of the Roman antiquities found at Richborough in Kent, site of the landings of both the Julian and Claudian invasions of Britain.
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The Printed Work of Claud Lovat Fraser.
The Printed Work of Claud Lovat Fraser.
[By Christopher Millard.]
London Henry Danielson 1923.
Book, bibliography, 8vo (255 x 155mm, 10 x 6") five plates by Clark including portrait frontispiece, pp. 106. Quarter black buckram with printed spine label, Lovat Fraser Curwen patterned paper-covered boards. One of a limited edition of 275 copies printed on antique de luxe paper numbered '183' and signed by the author. With errata slip and extra spine label. A very good copy, uncut, with minor rubbing to extremities.
Claud Lovat Fraser (1890 - 1921) was an artist and designer of theatrical characters and scenes, and decorations for chap-books and broadsides, which were published under the title Flying Fame (1913). Judged by their imaginative quality, these latter designs are perhaps the most important which he achieved. On the outbreak of the European War in 1914 Fraser joined the army, and in 1916 was invalided home from Flanders. In 1919 he held the first representative exhibition of his work, and established his reputation. In the next year his designs for the settings and costumes of As You Like It and The Beggar's Opera, produced at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, brought him unusual fame, and from this time onwards he produced innumerable designs for the theatre. He made a close study also of the various approaches to process-reproduction in colour, and this resulted in a prolific output by him of booklets, rhyme sheets, end papers, trade cards, and similar matter. He had realized early the importance of visualizing design and type together as an inseparable whole; and the methods which he came to employ in his printed and published work exercised a considerable influence. Among the later books which he decorated, Poems from the Works of Charles Cotton (1922) and The Luck of the Bean-Rows by Charles Nodier (1921) are notable examples. He made designs for other theatrical productions, such as La Serva Padrona, Lord Dunsany's If, two ballets for Madame Tamar Karsavina, and Gustav Holst's Savitri.
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The Triumph of Temper, A Poem. In six Cantos. By William Hayley, Esq.
The Triumph of Temper, A Poem. In six Cantos. By William Hayley, Esq. 0 VOI CH' AVETE GL' INTELLETTI SANI MRATE LA DOTTRINA, CHE SI ASCONDE SOTTO' IL VELAME DEGLI VERSI STANI. DANTE, inferno, Cant 9. The Second Edition. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, in Pall-Mall. M.DCC.LXXXI.
4to, Half calf, marble boards, worn. Lacking half title, pp. xii + 166.
William Hayley [1745-1820], English poet, biographer, and patron of the arts. In writing this essay Hayley was sincerely of the opinion that he was defending the "old maids" of the community. When women reviled him for the publication, he professed himself deeply grieved. Hayley is best remembered for his friendships with William Blake, the great pre-Romantic poet, painter, and designer, and with the 18th-century poet William Cowper. He was also a patron of less well-known writers, including the poet and novelist Charlotte Smith. Hayley is also recalled for his well-meant but destructive patronage of George Romney, a painter whom he persuaded to continue the “drudgery of face-painting” when Romney would have preferred to paint ideal subjects.
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Poems on the Abolition of the Slave Trade;
Poems on the Abolition of the Slave Trade; Written by James Montgomery, James Grahame, and E. Benger. Embellished with Engravings from Pictures Painted by R. Smirke, Esq. R.A.
London: Printed for R.Bowyer, the Proprietor, No 80, Pall Mall, by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, Fleet Street. 1809.
4to, original full diced calf gilt, spine rubbed and chipped at foot, inner hinges strained, marbled endpapers; engr. title, half title, 3 frontis. portraits; pp. (xiv)+ii+141, 9 stipple plates with tissue guards. Some foxing.
Three poems to celebrate the banning of the slave trade by Britain in 1805: Montgomery's 'The West Indies', Grahame's 'Africa Delivered'; and Elizabeth Benger's 'A Poem, Occasioned by the Abolition of the Slave Trade in 1806'. The titlepage contains a roundell vignette of Prometheus being rescued by Hercules; the three medallion portraits are of the leading abolitionists Sharp, Clarkson and Wilberforce; and the nine plates show various scenes of the evils of the slave trade.
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The Orphan of China, a Tragedy,
The Orphan of China, a Tragedy, As is perform'd at the Theatre-Royal, in Drury-Lane.
London: Printed for P.Vaillant, opposite Southampton-Street, in the Strand. MDCCLIX [1759, first edition?].
8vo., later plain wrappers; pp. [viii]+96.
A play by the Irish barrister & writer Arthur Murphy (1727-1805), based on the 'L'Orphelin de la Chine' (1755) by Voltaire, in turn based on a story in Du Halde's 'Decription of China'. The work includes a dedication to John, Earl of Bute ('Groom of the Stole'); a Prologue by William Whitehead, Poet Laureate; a cast list, including Garrick; and an admiring letter to Voltaire. As a barrister, Murphy is thought to have coined the legal term "wilful misconstruction" whilst representing the Donaldson v. Becket appeal to the House of Lords in against the perpetual possession of copyright, 1774.
From the collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox Boyd.
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A Dream of The Centenary of The
A Dream of The Centenary of The "Snow'd-Up Club,' A Recitation Full of Humour, Significance, Satire, and Frivolity: Also, The Love We Love: with Poems and Songs. By Alexander Kelvie. As 'twere tasting old wine: if critics this book should try, I pray they judge not harshly,-"let it live to die."
London: Published by Smart & Allen, London-House-Yard, Paternoster Row. 1869. Price Sixpence.
8vo. Corners and edges creased. Back cover missing.
A small book of poems and songs.
[Ref: 23394]   £60.00  
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The Shannon and The Chesapeake: A Poem.
The Shannon and The Chesapeake: A Poem. Neptunia proles Quem neque fas igni cuiquam nes strene ferro. Virgil.
London: Printed by T. C. Hansard, Peterborough Court, Fleet Street, for C. Cradock and W. Joy, 32 Paternoster Row. 1813.
8vo., disbound; pp. 24.
A scarce anonymous verse celebrating the famous skirmish during the War of 1812.
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Patrice ou les Pionniers de l'Amérique du Nord
Patrice ou les Pionniers de l'Amérique du Nord par M. de Chavannes
Tours, A.d Mame et C.ie, Imprimeurs-Libraires, 1854
Small 12vo book, embossed with gilt decoration and coloured lithograph on cover and gilt text on spine. One woodcut illustration. On frontis in ink Elizabeth Watson Dec 18, 1855; 128pp, 130 x 85mm ( 5¼ x 3¼") Some pages slightly stained.
Children's book from the 'Bibliothèque des petits enfants' recounting the adventures of emmigrants to North America and including an illustration of the protagonist Patrice hiding from a hostile Native American.
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Eikon Basilike or The King's Book
edited by Edward Almack, F.S.A.
London at the De La More Press 1903.
Book: 4to (295 x 217mm). Board binding with cloth spine, with printed title stuck onto spine. 178 pages. Pull-out sheet: A Bibliography of The King's Book... Binding worn and stained.
The Pourtrature of His Sacred Majestie in His Solitudes and Sufferings, was a purported spiritual autobiography attributed to King Charles I of England.
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His Majesties Commission for Building Fifty New Churches
His Majesties Commission for Building Fifty New Churches
[1727?]
8vo, 11pp., original wrappers, 195 x 120mm (7¾ x 4¾").
The Commission for Building Fifty New Churches was an organisation established in 1710 with the intention of building fifty new churches for the rapidly growing city of London. Although it did not meet its target, it did result in the construction of Nicholas Hawksmoor's iconic London churches. Letters Patent revoking the previous Letters Patent for this commission and appointing (probably re-appointing) 56 commissioners. ESTC lists five copies only (four in the UK, one in the US).
Ex Earl of Hardwicke MSS
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A Description of Two Methods, by which The Irregularities in the Motion of a Clock
A Description of Two Methods, by which The Irregularities in the Motion of a Clock arising from the Influence of Hot and Cold upon the Rod of the Pendulum, may be prevented. By John Ellicott, F.R.S. Read at the Royal Society, June 4, 1752. To which are added A Collection of Papers, Relating to the Same Subject, Most of which were read at several Meetings of the Royal Society.
London: Printed for R. Willock, at Sir Newton's Head, in Cornhill M.DCC.LIII. [1753.]
Small 4to, later boards with maroon morocco title label on spine; pp. viii + 56 (lacking 4pp. at end), folding engraved plate, tear close to binding. Bookplate of M. Sainsbury on front pastedown.
An extremely rare, but incomplete, text about clockmaking, a transcript of a lecture at the Royal Society by John Ellicott (1706-72), pages 1-15, followed by a series of letters written discussing the theories by notables including John Harrison (during his quest for longitude) and James Short, and Ellicott's reponses. The plate illustrates Ellicott's cylindrical pendulum. Inserted in the book is a letter from Tom Robinson thanking Mr Sainsbury for the use of the book during his researching of his book 'The Longcase Clock' (Antiques Collectors' Club, 1981.
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The Doyle Diary. The Last Great Conan Doyle Mystery. With a Holmesian Investigation into the Strange and Curious Case of Charles Altamont Doyle.
The Doyle Diary. The Last Great Conan Doyle Mystery. With a Holmesian Investigation into the Strange and Curious Case of Charles Altamont Doyle.
By Michael Baker.
Paddington Press Ltd. New York & London.Copyright 1978 Paddington Press (U.K.) Ltd. All rights reserved.
Oblong 8vo (184 x 260mm. 7¼ x 10¼".), with white cloth cover, gilt title on spine and gilt facsimile on front cover; also with original dustjacket. Dustjacket scuffed, worn and slightly creased.
Charles Altamont Doyle, father of Arthur Conan Doyle, spent the last days of his life in asylums, but the question remains: was he actually mad? This book provides the evidence for readers to judge for themselves. Here reproduced in its enterity is Doyle's diary, a wondrous blending of words and watercolour, a collage of fact and fancy featuring exquisitely detailed fairies and birds, Punch-like cartoons and a never-ending stream of quips and puns.
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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard. A New Edition.
London: Printed for J. Dodsley, in Pall Mall MDCCLXXI [1771].
8vo, limp marbled boards; pp. 18, engraved frontis. and two plates in text. Edges of plates trimmed by binder, pencil marks on titlepage.
Thomas Gray's famous elegy, first published 1751 by Robert Dodsley, which introduced the phrases 'The Paths of Glory', 'Far from the Madding Crowd', 'The unlettered muse' & 'Kindred spirit' to the English language. This edition was issued to mark Gray's death by James Gray, his brother and heir.
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The Reminiscences and Recollections of Captain Gronow being Anecdotes of the Camp, Court, Clubs and Society 1810-1860. With Portrait from four Woodcuts, and Twenty Etched and Aquatint Illustrations from Contemporary Sources. In Two Volumes. In this edition limited to 870 copies, the 25 illustrations are in duplicate uncoloured and coloured.
by Joseph Grego.
London. John C. Nimmo. 14, King William Street, Strand 1889.
Book: two vols. 4to (254 x 172mm). Limited edition. Cloth binding with 'Grownwihil Gwerninion' coat-of-arms stamped on the cover. Binding a little stained and worn. Some little tears.
A very interesting two volume book of Captain Gronow's adventures. Rees Howell Gronow (1794-1865) was a Welsh Grenadier Guards officer who fought in Spain in 1813, then returned to London where he was a renowned Dandy, one of the very few officers who were admitted at Almack's club. With the 3rd Battalion 1st Regiment of Foot Guards he was present at Quatre Bras and Waterloo, entering Paris on 25th June 1815.
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Rules for drawing Caricaturas:
Rules for drawing Caricaturas: with an Essay on Comic Painting
by Francis Grose, Esq. F.R.S. and A.S.q
London: Printed for Samuel Bagster, in the Strand [1788]
Book, 8vo, 24pp with four plates and frontispiece portrait of Grose. With original wrappers but in modern binding; rare. Extensive annotation in ms and pencil sketches.
Book of instruction on drawing caricatures by the antiquary Francis Grose (bap.1731-d.1791), with portrait of Grose after the chalk drawing of him by Nathaniel Dance (Scottish National Portrait Gallery).
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Discourse Delivered to the Students of the Royal Academy; on the Distribution of the Prizes, December 10, 1897.
Discourse Delivered to the Students of the Royal Academy; on the Distribution of the Prizes, December 10, 1897.
By Sir Frederic Leighton, P.R.A.
London: Printed by Wm. Clowes & Sons, Stamford Street and Charing Cross, Printers to the Royal Academy. 1879.
4to, original limp cloth, gilt-decorated on front board; pp. 28. PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION from Lord Leighton on title. Bookplate of the presentee on front pastedown. Some marking of covers, inner hinges strained, occasional spotting in text.
A lecture on the evolution of art, delivered by Frederick Leighton, president of the Royal Academy from 1878 until his death in 1896. He was the first artist to be granted a peerage, in the New Year's Honours of 1986 and he is most often refered to as 'Lord Leighton'. However he only held that title for a day: the patent creating him Baron Leighton was issued on 24 January 1896 and he died the following day.
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[Set of Plates showing the Arms of the Twelve Principle Companies of the City of London.]
[Set of Plates showing the Arms of the Twelve Principle Companies of the City of London.]
London Printed for Tho. Bower Painter & are to be Sold at his Shop at ye Kings head in Budge Row. 1698.
Folio of 13 engraved plates, bound in marbled boards. 310 x 430mm (12 x 17"). Boards worn, especially in corners.
A bound set of plates showing the arms of the twelve principle livery companies, merchants, grocerss, goldsmiths, habadashers etc. in the City of London. Each plate shows the company's arms accompanied by a brief text detailing the history of the company. The set of twelve are bound with a portrait of Sir William Ashurst, Lord Mayor of London after a portrait by Linton and engraved by R. White in 1694.
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An Address Delivered by William Morris at the Distribution of Prizes to Students of the Birmingham Municipal School of Art on Feb. 21, 1894.
An Address Delivered by William Morris at the Distribution of Prizes to Students of the Birmingham Municipal School of Art on Feb. 21, 1894.
[Printed at the Chiswick Press, in the ''Golden'' types designed by William Morris for the Kelmscott Press. 1898.]
Crown 8vo, quarter cloth, paper covered boards, titled in black on front board. 210 x 145mm (8¼ x 5¾"). Boards marked, corners worn.
A bound copy of the speech given by designer William Morris (1834-1896) to the Birmingham School of Art. Extra-illustrated with a half-tone portrait and wood-engraved facsimile of Morris's woodcut 'Psyche in Charon's Boat' after Edward Burne-Jones.
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Original Poems for Infant Minds by several young persons.
Original Poems for Infant Minds by several young persons. Vol. II Fifteenth Edition.
[by Ann and Jane Taylor et al.]
London: Printed for Darton, Harvey & Darton, No 55, Gracechurch-Street. Sold also by J. Conder, St Paul's Church Yard. 1819.
One volume only (of two). Small 8vo, original quarter morocco gilt with marbled boards; pp. viii + 128 +(8)(publisher's ads.), engraved frontis. Spine distressed, some leaves loose, old ink ownership inscription on prelim.
Collection of poems mainly written by Ann Taylor (1782-1866) and her younger sister Jane Taylor (1783-1824), author of 'The Star' (better known as 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star'). The frontispiece illustrates 'The Welch Lad'. A poem for children titled 'Sluttishness' shows how much the English language has changed over the years.
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The Rights of Kings; or, Loyal Odes To Disloyal Academicians; by Peter Pindar, Esq. [John Walcot].
The Rights of Kings; or, Loyal Odes To Disloyal Academicians; by Peter Pindar, Esq. [John Walcot]. A New Edition.
London: Printed for J. Evans, Paternoster-Row. M.DCC.XCI. [1791.]
4to, disbound; pp. (iv)+70+(ii)(publisher's ads). Wear on title page.
A satire on the George III's influence on selecting members of the Royal Academy, written by John Wolcot (1738-1819). The target of the satire is the election of Associates in 1790, when the competition was between Thomas Lawrence, favourite of the king (who is described as having 'a superior knowledge in painting) and Francis Wheatley. The author decries the disloyalty of the Academicians, of whom only three voted for the king's choice, against 16 for Wheatley. On the last page is 'A List of Peter Pindar's Works' with a price list.
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The Traveller, a Poem.
The Traveller, a Poem. By Oliver Goldsmith, M.B.
London: Printed for T. Carnan and F. Newbery jun.r. [n.d., c.1774.]
8vo., disbound; title with engraved vignette, pp. iv + 23. Trimmed at bottom, losing end of publisher's inscription and at least one line of the poem on several pages.
The vignette shows the traveller, engraved by Grignion after Samuel Wale.
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The Complete Weather Guide; a collection of Practical Observations for Prognosticating the Weather,
The Complete Weather Guide; a collection of Practical Observations for Prognosticating the Weather, Drawn from Plants, Animals, Inanimate Bodies, and also by means of Philosophical Instruments; including The Shepherd of Banbury's Rules, Explained on Philasophical Principles. with an Appendix of Miscellaneous Oberservations on Meteorology, a curious Botanical Clockm &c. &c. &c.
By Joseph Taylor.
London: Printed for Gale, Curtis, and Fenner, Paternoster Row: Sold also by John Harding, St James's Street; and John Martin Holles Street, Cavendish Square. 1813.
12mo, paper boards; pp. viii + 160; with folding wood-engraved frontis. Front hinge very strained.
A rare guide to predicting the weather, based on the behaviour of animals and plants, astronomy, winds and even barometers and thermometers. The frontispiece is 'Flora's Dial', a decorative table listing when different plants open and close their flowers. Joseph Taylor (c.1761–1844).
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