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In Fine Decorative Binding
Binding: The Book of Common Prayer and Admiration of the Sacrametns…, 12mo, L. (Thomas Newcomb & Henry Hills) 1712, portrait frontis, woodcuts, some text lose, the front paste down with two mor. & gilt decor. owners labels “Elizabeth Denmerd 1716, James Ware, His Book 1716,” with m/ss notes on front end papers, in full calf, the front and back profusely decorative in gilt designs with central design, surrounded by flowers and borders, the spine profusely decor. some wear. As a binding, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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Fine Continental Mosaic Binding
Binding: Ovid – Amatoria, 24mo Lyons (Seb Gryphium) 1550 Printers device on title, also 2 L.S.s. a.e.g., attractive mosaic binding with gilt tooled trailing leaves, & interlaced green & black overlaid mor. design, rebacked with orig. spine laid down. As a bind, w.a.f. (1)
* Ex Libris Maurice Craig.More details ›
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“The Vision of Don Roderick”
Manuscript: Scott (Sir Walter) The Vision of Don Roderick. a Poem by Walter Scott, Esq., (manuscript transcription?) approx. 64pp. 8vo [c. 18111] laid paper stitched, covers worn. As a m/ss, w.a.f.
* Dedication inscribed ‘To John Whitmore Esq. / and to the / Committee of Subscribers for relief / of the Portuguese Sufferers / in which he presides / THIS POEM / Composed for the benefit of the fund / under their management / is respectfully inscribed by / Walter Scott.’
The introduction, ‘The following Poem is founded on a Spanish tradition, … I am too sensible of the respect due to the public especially by one who has already experienced more than ordinary indulgence, to offer any apology for the inferiority of the poetry to the subject it is chiefly designed to commemorate. Yet I think it proper to mention that while I was hastily executing a work written for a temporary purpose, and on passing events, the task was most cruelly interrupted by the successive deaths of Lord President Blair and Lord Viscount Melville. In those distinguished characters, I had not only to regret persons whose lives were most important to Scotland, but also whose notice of patronage honoured my entrance upon active life, and I may add with melancholy pride, who permitted my more advanced age to claim no common share in their friendship. Under such circumstances / say interruptions, / the following verses which my best and happiest efforts must have left for unworthy of their theme, have, I am myself sensible, an appearance of negligence and incoherence, which in other circumstances, I might have been able to remove.’
Edinburgh June 24, 1811.
The inscription and poem possibly in a secretarial hand, the signature possibly Scott’s own.
Provenance: Purchased by the present owner in Teneriffe in 1970, from a very elderly lady, a daughter of a former British Consul in Teneriffe in the late 19th Century. She said her father told her that Scott had donated it to aid an appeal, and that he purchased it at that event.
This poem is not included in the list of Scott’s published works in Drabble (Oxford Companion of English Literature). (1)More details ›
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Original Photograph by the Author of “Alice”
Dodgson (Charles) a.k.a. ‘Lewis Carroll,’ author of Alice in Wonderland.
A very rare original mounted Photograph showing the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson seated on a sofa with his young son Hallam, and with James Garth Marshall and his wife Mary (nee Spring Rice of Mt. Trenchard, Foynes, Co. Limerick) & their daughter Julia Mary, Murrough O’Brien’s grandmother (Mrs. Ed. William O’Brien) – see rear.
the photograph very slightly marked but generally in remarkably good order, mounted, approx. 5″ with arched corners x 5 3/4″.
The photograph is not signed but is identical to the copy in the Princeton University Library, where it is ascribed to Charles Dodgson, & dated 1857. It is reproduced in ‘Tarn Howe and Monk Coniston Project,’ concerning the work of James Garth Marshall, who bought the Mount Coniston Estate in 1836. Mount Coniston later became the home of Beatrix Potter.
* Charles Dodgson was an unknown lecturer in mathematics until he published Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland originally composed for a neighbours child, and probably the most influential of all children’s books in 1865. He was also a pioneering photographer. His photographs are exceptionally rare.
Provenance: The De Vere Family, Curragh Chase, Co. Limerick.
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[Rackham (Arthur)] Hope (Anthony) The Dolly Dialogues, sm. 4to L. 1894. Reprinted from the Westminster Gazette, 4 plts. by Arthur Rackham, orig. pict. red wrappers designed by A. Rackham, rebacked. Rare.
* Rackhams Second Publication. (1)More details ›
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Thompson (Francis) Poems, sm. 4to L. 1893. First Edn. Lim. Edn. (500), frontis decor. title, 14pp. Cat. at end, uncut, boards; Sister-Songs, An Offering to Two Sisters. Sm. 4to L. 1895. First, frontis decor. title, 16pp. Cat. at end, orig. gilt buckram; New Poems, 8vo Westminster 1897. First, hf. title, uncut, gilt decor buckram; & 1 other. Good. (4)More details ›
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Juvenalia: Marcus Ward & Co. – The Diverting History of Three Blind Mice, Illustrated by E. Caldwell, oblong 8vo L. & Belfast n.d., c. 1880, 6 plts. & decor. boards; Sackett (E.M.) The Old Worn Bells or A Christmas Dream, 12mo N.Y. & L. n.d. c. 1890, 16 shaped cold. lithos orig. decor. cold. boards shaped as a Castle; Little Ahsid, sm. 8vo L. (Raphael Tuck) n.d. c. 1890., 16pp illus. cold. lithos by Willie Ostrander & T.R. Kennedy, cold. decor. boards; & 1 other. All very good, Scarce. (4)More details ›
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Milne (A.A.) When We Were Very Young, 8vo N.Y. (Dutton & Co.) 1924. Lim. Edn. (500), hf. title, frontis decor. title, illus. thro.-out, orig. cloth backed decor. cold. boards. (1)More details ›
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Juvenalia: Ellen or The Naughty Girl Reclaimed, A Story Examplified in a Series of Figures, 16mo L. (Printed for S. & J. Fuller) 1811. Sole Edn. 7 hd. painted cut-out pieces, orig. ptd. wrappers, in orig. ptd. boards slip case. Rare. (1)More details ›
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Juvenalia: Peepshow Books: Cinderella, Illustrated by Roland Pym, In Six Scenes L. (Folding Book Ltd.) n.d.; also Orlando’s Country Peepshow, In Four Scenes, 16mo L. n..d, all cold. boards. V. good. (2)More details ›
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Juvenalia: Farrow (G.E.) The Jungle Baby, 12mo L.n.d. cold. title & 23 plts. by E.M. & M.F. Taylor, orig. cloth backed pict. boards; Innes (Nancy) Ring-a-Ring of Roses – An A.B.C., oblong 16mo L. (Faber) 1942, illus., cold. decor. covers; Bannerman (Helen) The Story of the Little Black Quasha, 16mo L. (Nisbet & Co.) n.d. cold. frontis & other cold. plts., 112pp decor ends, orig. decor. & pict. cold. boards, spine loose; & 2 others Ameliaranne at the Circus, and Mother goose, illus. by Kate Greenaway. (4)More details ›
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Juvenelia: Le Mair (H. Willebeek) Little People, oblong folio L. n.d. [c. 1915] illus. by R.H. Elkin, decor. title & 15 plts. orig. decor. cloth; Lucas (E.V.) Four and Twenty Toilers, oblong folio L. n.d. [c. 1900], cold. plts. etc. by F.B. Bedford (1 lacking), pict. boards; Haskett (Mrs. L.) God is Love, lg. 4to L. (E. Nister) 24 cold. plts. & other illus. by John Lawson, orig. cloth backed pict. boards; & 2 others. (5)More details ›
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Children’s Interest: Lang (Andrews) The Pink Fairy Book, L. (Longmans) 1897. First Edn.,; The Crimson Fairy Book, L. 1908, First Edn., plts. & illus. both orig. gilt decor. cloth; Doyle (R.) The Doyle Fairy Book, L. 1893, Fourth, illus. gilt decor. cloth; Westbury (Atha) Australian Fairy Tales, L. 1897, frontis & illus; & Escott-Inman (H.) The Owl King and other Fairy Tales, L. n.d.  First, illus., decor. cloth; & The Silver Fairy Book, L. n.d., illus. by H.R. Miller, decor. cloth. (6)More details ›
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Juvenalia: Potter (Beatrix) Seven varied titles, later editions, & 6 other children’s books. As a lot, w.a.f. (13)More details ›
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Dickens (Charles) The Battle of Life. A Love Story, 16mo L. 1846. First Edn., hf. title, frontis & add. decor title, & illus., advert leaf at end, lacks loose blank at end, orig. cloth, gilt; also A Christmas Carol, 8vo L. c. 1885, hd. cold. frontis & 3 other hd. cold. plts. & text illus., advert. leaf at end, orig. cloth; & The Chimes: A Goblin Story, 16mo L. 1886, illus. etc., cloth. (3)More details ›
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[Haughton (Wm.)] A Pleasant Comedie called A Woman will have her Will. As it hath beane diverse times Acted with great applause. Sm. 4to L. (By A.M. and are to be sold by Richard Thrale..) 1631 [A1] – K3, lacks final blank, some dust and finger marks principally on title & final leaf, later mor. backed cloth, gilt lettered spine. (1)More details ›
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Rare First Edition of an English Literary Treasure
Keats (John) Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and Other Poems, 12mo L. (for Taylor & Hessey) 1820. First Edn., lacks hf. title & adverts cont. calf, dble gilt fillet borders, upr. joint cracked, tooled gilt spine,mor. label, worn.
* Inscribed presentation copy from James Garth Marshall, 1836? to Mary Spring Rice. (1)More details ›
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Maurice Craig’s Copy
Architecture: Halfpenny (Wm.) Practical Architecture, or a Sure Guide To the true working according to the Rules of that Science: 12mo L. 1736. Fifth Edn. engd. title, dedit. & preface, & 48 engd. plts. 23pp of orig. cont. manuscript notes & drawings on loose blanks & verso of plts., cont. calf, dble gilt fillet borders, lower cover loose, upr. joints cracked.
* With two early ownership inscriptions. W. Hall & Henry Waterhouse (1770 – 1812). The latter was an Officer in the Royal Navy & sailed with first Fleet to Australia in 1788. He is commemorated by his name on Waterhouse Island in N. Eastern Tasmania. (1)More details ›
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From De Vere Family
Tennyson (Alfred) The Princess; A Medley, 12mo L. (E. Moxon) 1847. First Edn., hf. title, orig. green cloth.
* Monare bookplate, & with inscription. ‘J. E. de Vere from his affectionate brother Aubrey de Vere Jan. 21. 1848.’ also Queen Mary, A Drama, 12mo L. 1875, First Edn.,; and Beckett 12mo L. 1884, First Edn., both hf. titles, both with Monare bookplate & inscribed by Stephen de Vere on titles, all orig. green cloth. (3)More details ›
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From the O’Brien Family, Co. Limerick
Tennyson (Alfred) The Princess, 12mo L. 1851. Inscribed on hf. title, ‘Mary Alice Marshall from Alfred Tennyson.’; Poems, 12mo L. 1855, Fourth Edn., inscribed on hf. title, by Julia Mary Marshall, 1861, & Edard Conor O’Brien, 1891; Idylls of the King, L. 1859, First; Enoch Arden, etc., L. 1864, First; Gareth and Lynette etc., L. 1872, First, The Holy Grail and other Poems, L. 1870, First; Tiresias and Other Poems, L. 1889, First Edn., all orig. cloth & mostly inscribed by members of the O’Brien family. (8)More details ›