The Regulations and Establishment of the Household of Henry Algernon Percy, the Fifth Earl of Northumberland, at his Castles of Wresill and Lekinfield in Yorkshire. Begun Anno domini M.D.XII.[HOUSEHOLD BOOKS] 8vo. [224 x 140 x 33 mm]. xxvi, [ii], x, 464,  pp. Bound in contemporary hard grain green goatskin, the covers with a gilt fillet border. The spine divided into six panels by raised double bands tooled with gilt fillets, lettered in the second and third and dated at the foot, the first panel with a monogram device of "D" with "GJW" inset, surmounted by a Baron's coronet, the edges of the boards and turn-ins tooled with gilt fillets, pale yellow endleaves, gilt edges. A few minor spots but a very good copy. With the case mark "6/C" and early price note £1.11.6". From the Roy Porter collection, bought in 2002.
HOBSON (R. L.) With 128 illustrations of which 11 are in colour. First Edition. 4to. [289 x 225 x 45 mm]. xvi, 240 pp. Bound in the publisher's light brown cloth, the front cover with a gilt block, the spine lettered in gilt, plain endleaves and edges. (Slightly rubbed around the edges). A little minor spotting but a very good copy. Limited to 2283 copies, of which this is from the second unnumbered impression.
SHAKESPEARE (William) 8vo. [211 x 135 x 54 mm]. xxxii, 1376 pp. Newly bound by Bayntun-Riviere in dark brown calf, the covers tooled in gilt with a fillet border and double fillet panel with Elizabethan corner and centre blocks on a field of triple dots. The spine divided into six panels with raised bands flanked by double gilt fillets, lettered in the second on a red morocco label, the others with a centre tool, the turn-ins tooled with a gilt roll, marbled endleaves, gilt edges.
Delineations of the North Western Division of the County of Somerset, and of its Antediluvian Bone Caverns, with a Geological Sketch of the District.RUTTER (John) Engraved frontispiece, 11 plates, hand-coloured folding map and woodcuts throughout the text. First Edition. 8vo. Large Paper Copy. [268 x 165 x 35 mm]. xxiv, 349 pp. Bound in the original light blue boards, the front cover printed with the title and illustration of a Norman doorway, rebacked with grey paper, uncut edges. (A little bumped and soiled). The front cover indicates that this is a Large Paper Copy, with early impressions of the plates, priced at 21 shillings. The List of Subscribers at the end distinguishes between those who paid for Proofs on India Paper, Large Paper and Small Paper. Many were local booksellers, including Messrs. Rattle and Brine of Bath. A little light spotting but a very good copy. With the ink signature of Thomas Bush dated 1891 (?) and ink stamp of G[ifford]. Stansfield Broun (1888-1965) of Combe Down, Bath.
PARKER (John Henry) Lithograph frontispiece, 29 engraved plates, title vignette and eight illustrations in the text. First Edition. 8vo. [227 x 146 x 15 mm]. viii, 91 pp. Bound in the original purple grained cloth, smooth spine lettered in gilt, plain endleaves, red sprinkled edges. Frontispiece lightly foxed but a very good copy. Neat ink inscription on verso of title: "To Lindley Latham from Louisa Seymour Webb. Aug 24th 1910".
[ALLIX (Peter)] 8vo. [194 x 116 x 25 mm]. ff, 276,  pp. Bound in contemporary black goatskin, the covers tooled in gilt with a double fillet border and double fillet panel surrounded by a floral roll with a large floral ornament at the outer corners and volutes at the centre of the sides. The spine divided into six panels with raised bands and gilt compartments, lettered in the second, the others with a floral centre and scroll corners, the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt roll, marbled pastedowns, gilt edges. (Rubbed). Wing A.1228. The final two leaves are blank. Single small worm hole in inner margin of opening leaves and a few very light damp patches. A good copy in a contemporary English binding. The binder possessed the usual tools and rolls but was not in complete control of their use. The spine is lettered "REFLE. / DALL" (short for "Reflexions D'Allix"). The printer has employed apostrophes in place of accents on the title-page. An exposition of the Pentateuch it was translated into English and published in London in 1688, and a second part was published in Amsterdam in 1689. ESTC locates only six copies in the USA (Folger, Huntington, Princeton Theological Seminary, Stanford, Clark, Yale). In 1685, in consequence of the revocation of the edict of Nantes, Allix was compelled to leave France. He came to England where he at once obtained naturalisation and the authority to found a French Church for the refugees in London, on condition that the worship should be conducted on the Anglican model. As a demonstration of his gratitude for asylum he dedicated Reflexions sur les Conq Livres de Moyse to James II.
FARBROTHER (John E.) Lithograph frontispiece and eight plates illustrated by the author. First Edition. 8vo. [196 x 125 x 20 mm]. vi, [ii], 195 pp. Bound in the original green grained cloth, the covers blocked in blind, the spine in gilt, yellow endleaves, plain edges. (Slightly out of square and corners a little bumped). The preface is dated December 1859, and Library Hub dates it either 1859 and 1860. I am following the British Library in going for 1860. A very good copy, with the errata slip. The work is dedicated by Farbrother to his pupils and this is a presentation copy inscribed in ink: "To Miss Cox with the author's kind regards. Shepton Mallet. April 10 60". There is a further inscription in a neat schoolboy's hand "George M. Mitchell, Waterloo Road, Shepton Mallet, Somerset".
LANGHORNE (John) 22 engraved vignettes. 12mo. [159 x 100 x 25 mm]. 73pp. Bound in contemporary red straight-grained goatskin, the covers with a gilt single fillet, smooth spine divided into six panels by a gilt fillet, lettered in the second, the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt fillet, the turn-ins with a gilt roll, grey endleaves, gilt edges. First published in 1771, this is the first illustrated edition, with fine vignettes after Stothard. There is some light browning or foxing throughout. Bound with: MOORE (Edward). Fables for the Female Sex. Embellished with Engravings. Engraved title page with vignette and six engraved plates by Rothwell after White. 12mo. 113,  pp. London: printed by C. Whittingham, published by T. Hepinstall, H.D. Symonds, J. Hookham, A. & J. Black, R.H. Westley, T. Dickie, Messrs. Wilson & Co in York, W. Rawson in Hull and J. Murdock in Glasgow, 1799. Lacking a final leaf of advertisements. First published in 1744, this final 18th century edition is rare, with seven copies on ESTC (Aberdeen, British Library, Oxford, National Trust, New York Public Library, University of British Columbia and University of Minnesota). And: [WYNNE (John Huddlestone)]. Fables of Flowers, for the Female Sex. With Zephyrus and Flora, a Vision. Written for the Amusement of Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal. By the Author of the Choice Emblems, &c. &c. Engraved vignette at head of p.3 and 15 engraved plates each with two illustrations of a Fable. First Edition. 12mo. ff, 173,  pp. London: printed for George Riley, Bookseller, in Curzon Street, May-Fair. And sold by John Wilkie, St. Paul's Church-yard, 1773. Lacking the initial advertisement leaf. This is the issue without the author's name and the correct date. A few minor spots. A finely bound collection of fables for females, owned by two eminent male collectors. With the ink ownership inscription and collation notes of George Daniel (1789-1864) of Canonbury. A prolific writer, friend of Charles Lamb and actors, including John Kembe, Daniel formed a fine library, especially rich in Elizabethan rarities. These were sold by Messrs Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge over 10 days starting on 20th July 1864. His First Folio was bought by the Baroness Burdett-Coutts for £716 2s, and in total the sale realized £15,865. With the bookplate of Thomas Gaisford (1816-1898), the son of the classical scholar and Dean of Christ Church, Oxford Thomas Gaisford (1779-1855) and his first wife Helen. Thomas jr was elected a member of the Roxburghe Club in 1858 and enjoyed its company for 40 years. In 1859 he married his second wife Lady Emily St. Lawrence and they had seven children, of whom Agatha was the fifth. There is a pencil note "Agatha Gaisford from father Aug 28, 1892".
EASTMAN (Bert & Molly) 28 coloured linocuts, two printed separately, and with a final "corrigendum". First Edition. Large 8vo. [248 x 175 x 15 mm]. 27,  pp. Bound in 2007 by Lester Capon in vellum over boards, the covers with cut-outs to reveal brightly coloured painted paper underlays, surrounded by gilt tooled roundels and bars. Smooth spine lettered in gilt, yellow endleaves, top edge stained yellow, the others uncut. In a red cloth drop-over box lined with felt and lettered in gilt on a red goatskin label. No.164 of 200 copies signed by Bert & Molly Eastman and printed by Graham Moss and Kathy Whalen at Incline Press. It is a delightful book illustrating and describing the Indian toys collected by the Eastmans since the 1960s. Lester Capon's binding is evocative of the colours and patterns of India and remains as good as new. Lester Capon studied bookbinding at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in 1975. He trained under, and then worked with James Brockman for 15 years and ran the binding courses at Guildford College from 1993 until 2000. since then he has been working on his own, "with traditional methods and materials, putting them into a modern context, and reflecting some aspect of the book inside". He was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 1986, and is currently serving his third term as President.
SOCIETY OF WOOD ENGRAVERS Wood engraved title page, 41 plates and two vignettes. First Edition. Folio. [290 x 205 x 28 mm]. pp. Bound by Chris Hicks in 2001 (signed "CLH" and dated at the rear) in black goatskin over bevelled boards and smooth spine, with multiple white goatskin onlays, tooled with black dots and roundels of various shapes. White calf doublures, tooled with gilt dots and roundels, and endleaves, plain edges. In terracotta cloth drop-over box with wooden panel on front lettered in gilt. Rather confusingly the half-title is lettered "The Society of Wood Engravers in 1987". The text includes an obituary of Stanley Lawrence by Ian Mortimer. The engravings are of the highest quality. Chris Hicks's binding is highly ambitious and is adapted from an engraving of two trees in a field by Garrick Palmer. It has to be said that the forwarding is less successful than the overall design. Three of Hicks's bindings are held by the British Library and illustrated in the BL Database of Bookbindings.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Including My Skirmish With Jolly Roger. Written Especially and Exclusively as an Introduction to this Popular Edition by D. H. Lawrence8vo. [190 x 142 x 2o mm]. ff, viii, 365 pp. Bound in the original brown paper wrappers, a phoenix device and price 60 Frs on the front, white paper spine label printed in black, uncut edges. (50 mm tear at centre of upper joint, spine a little faded). The frailty of the wrapper has caused the tear, but there is no loss to the paper. It is a good copy. With the ink signature of G. M. Spear at the head of the title and front wrapper (the latter almost invisible). Small red ink stamp of Dawson, 13 Rue Albany, Paris on final blank. "The Author's Unabridged Popular Edition" and the first Paris edition. Lawrence wanted an inexpensive volume with a large printing which would reach the pirates' clientele. He first asked Sylvia Beach who refused but suggested Edward Titus, husband of the cosmetics magnate Helena Rubinstein.Titus agreed on the condition that the book must include new material and Lawrence obliged with "My Skirmish With Jolly Roger". Priced at 60 francs, well below the 300 or 400 francs pirated editions were fetching, it sold out very quickly.
Photographic frontispiece portrait. Third Edition. 8vo. [221 x 140 x 20 mm]. ff, 364pp. Bound in the original brown cloth, black phoenix device on the front cover, plain endleaves and edges. (Headcaps worn, front joint a little rubbed and corners bumped). No. 398 of 500 copies. Some spotting or light foxing (which seems to be normal) but a decent copy with a pencil note "Early private edition - valuable" and price of £2/2/-.
Phoenix device on the title. First Edition. 8vo. [221 x 150 x 25 mm]. 216,  pp. Bound in the original white paper boards, with an orange phoenix on the front cover, white printed spine label, plain endleaves, uncut edges. (Label a little faded). No. 570 of 810 copies printed on Binda hand-made paper. It is a very good copy with a spare label tipped inside the rear cover. It is number 4 of the Lungarno Series printed for Orioli by The Tipografia Giuntina in Florence. The colophon states: "This work lacks the author's final revision, and has been printed from the manuscript exactly as it stands". There are in fact some differences between the holograph manuscript and the Orioli text. It is dedicated to Frieda and the opening sentance recalls her elopement with Lawrence in 1912.
First Edition. 8vo. [240 x 150 x 16 mm]. xiii, [i], 96, . Bound in the original yellow cloth boards with linen spine and black label printed in gold, plain endleaves, uncut edges. In the original drab dust wrapper printed in black. (Wrapper lightly dust-soiled and endleaves browned). No.884 of 1600 copies, of which 550 were for sale in the United States. A very good copy. A collection of stories and sketches of early vintage. In his introduction David Garnett recalls that they were written in the summer of 1912, after which they were sent to his father Edward Garnett, who was then unable to place them for publication.
The Value of Annuities, From £1 to £1000 per Annum, on Single Lives, from the Age of One to Ninety Years; with the Number of Years each Annuity is Worth, and the Rate of Interest the Purchaser Receives. With the Amount of the Several Rates of Legacy Duty Payable According to the Statute, on the Value of AnnuitiesFirst Edition. 8vo. [266 x 168 x 26 mm]. xi, [v], 318 pp. Bound in the original marbled paper covered boards, red hard-grained paper covered spine, lettered in manuscript, plain endleaves, uncut and unopened edges. (Short splits at foot of upper joint and head of lower joint, tips of the corners exposed). A very good copy which remains largely unopened. William Campbell was Comptroller of the Legacy Duty and this is a presentation copy inscribed in ink at the head of the title "With the Author's respectful Compliments". It was gifted to John Scott (1751-1838), Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain 1801-1806 and again 1807-1827, and has his signature and bookplate inside the front cover. Eldon almost made it to 90 and left an estate of £2,300,000.
Chinese Pottery and Porcelain. An Account of the Potter’s Art in China from Primitive Times to the Present Day.Forty Plates in Colour and Ninety-six in Black and White. First Edition. Two volumes. Large 8vo. [242 x 175 x 94 mm]. xxx, 227,  pp; xvi, 326 pp. Bound in the publisher's original cream cloth, the front covers and spines blocked in gilt, plain endleaves , top edges gilt. (A little marked and stained with small red mark on front cover of vol.2). Number 40 of an edition limited to 1500 copies. Some foxing and spotting to the text but the plates remain unaffected.
Frontispiece portrait. Small folio. [271 x 180 x 23 mm]. ff, 148,  pp. Bound in the original light brown board, the covers and spine blocked in gold, plain endleaves, uncut edges. In the original dust wrapper (with loss and professional repairs). No.810 of 850 copies on Italian hand-made paper with the Nonesuch watermark. A little spotting to the ends and edges but a very good copy which remains partly unopened. With the ink signature of Stephen Clark dated May 1937.
Peru: History of Coca “The Divine Plant” of the Incas. With an Introductory Account of the Incas, and of the Andean Indians of To-dayFrontispiece and 178 illustrations in the text. First Edition. Large 8vo. [238 x 156 x 65 mm]. xxxi, [i], 576 pp. Bound in the publisher's original maroon cloth, the covers with a blind border and gilt block on the front, gilt spine, plain endleaves, top edge gilt. A very good copy of the first edition "of the greatest work ever published on the coca plant and the history of its use by the Incas and their descendants" - Dailey.
With Eight Illustrations. 8vo. [184 x 124 x 23 mm]. vi, [ii], 321,  pp. Bound in the original cream wrappers, with the title printed on the front and advertisements on the rear and inside the covers. (A little dust-soiled and rubbed with minor loss to tips of two corners). Macmillan's Colonial Library edition, "intended for circulation only in India and the British Colonies". Printed in the same year as the first edition. A very good copy inscribed in blue ink on the title: "Kindest regards and remembrances of the Tagus to friend Kalisch from F. T. Bullen. Caribbean Sea. May 1 / 1904". Frank T. Bullen (1857-1915) went to sea in 1869, and by the age of 13 he had twice been shipwrecked and survived two epidemics of yellow fever, a hurricane and two serious illnesses. He served in over 25 ships before becoming a clerk in the Meteorological in 1882. The first of his 36 books, The Cruise of the "Cachalot" was published in 1898 and established his international reputation and comparisons with Joseph Conrad.