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The Selected Works of George Eliot

The Selected Works of George Eliot

George Eliot A ten volume library set of the selected works of celebrated Victorian writer George Eliot aka Mary Ann Evans. Mary Ann Evans was one of the leading novelists and poets of the Victorian era, perhaps better known by the pen name George Eliot which she used to have her work judged separately from both her prior work as an editor and critic and to shield her private life from public scrutiny. Renowned for the political, psychological, and realist themes in her work, Evans was much praised, particularly for her depiction of rural life, and her novel 'Middlemarch' is often cited as one of the greatest novels in the English language. In this library set are the works: 'Scenes of Clerical Life', 1857, 'Adam Bede', 1859, 'The Mill on the Floss', 1860, 'Silas Marner', 1861, 'Romala', 1863, 'Felix Holt, the Radical', 1866, 'Middlemarch', 1872, 'The Spanish Gypsy' ('The Legend of Jubal'), 1874, 'Daniel Deronda', 1876, and 'Impressions of Theophrastus Such', 1879. Undated; dated from copac. Monochrome frontispieces to each volume. A prominent and successful writer, Mary Ann Evans established herself as a great literary master of the time with these works, her writing not having been dulled by time. Condition: In attractive green half calf binding with green cloth boards. Externally, very smart, with only some shelfwear to the head and tails of the spines and extremities. Internally, all volumes firmly bound. 'The Mill on the Floss' is missing the first 16 pages of the novel, but do not appear to have been removed, rather omitted in the binding. Pages in all volumes are bright and clean, with only some offsetting to the very front and rear. Overall Condition: Very Good Indeed
1720 Magna Britannia et Hibernia

1720 Magna Britannia et Hibernia, Antiqua & Nova

N/a A scarce copy of Thomas Cox's celebrated topographical work, looking at each county in England. This volume looks from Bedford to Essex. Scarcely found in one volume. Usually found bound in seperate parts for each county. Incomplete in one volume, being volume one of six. This work is a quarto, with the signatures running as [a2], A-Z4, Aa-Oo4, Pp2, Qq4, Rr2, Ss-Yy4, Zz2, Aaa-Zzz4, Aaaa-Zzzz4, Aaaaa-Ddddd4, Eeeee2. ESTC citation number T107759. In-text illustrations to Cumberland, Durham, and Essex. Each section with a table to the end, noting the distances from cities, the number of inhabitants, and the coat of arms of prominent families. Collated, complete. This first volume contains Bedford, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Chestershire, Cornwall, Cumberland, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Durham, and Essex. The work was originally published in monthly numbers as a supplement to 'Atlas Geographus' of 1711-1717. There are sections on the Baronets of the county, the ecclesiastical history, the charity schools in addition to the various villages and a large alphabetical table with information on individual villages and parishes. Written by Thomas Cox, an English topographer and translator. This was his major work. He also anonymously translated two works by Louis Ellies-Dupi, and works by Plutarch and Panciroli. Prior owner's ink inscription to the head of the title page, 'Rob Griffin, July 3rd 1786'. Ink inscription to the front pastedown. Condition: In a full paneled calf binding. Externally, sound. Front board is held by cords only and may detach with further handling. Rear board is held by cords only. Light marking to the boards. Most of the spine is lacking. Some loss of leather and lifting to the joints. Rubbing and loss of leather to the extremities. Ink inscription to the front pastedown. Front endpaper is almost detached. Internally, pages from title page to 112 is almost detached, and pages 113-232 are detached but present. Pages are bright with the odd spot and the odd mark. Tidemarks to the first few pages and to the odd page throughout. Prior owner's ink inscription to the head of the title page. Ink annotation to the margin of page 435. The last couple of leaves are coming away with the rear board. Overall Condition: Fair
The British Garden. A Descriptive Catalogue of Hardy Plants

The British Garden. A Descriptive Catalogue of Hardy Plants, Indigenous, or Cultivated in the Climate of Great-Britain. With Their Generic and Specific Characters, Latin and English Names, Native Country, and Time of Flowering. With Introductory Remarks.

Charlotte Murray] A very scarce first edition of the first volume of Lady Charlotte Murray's extensive and insightful work into botany. The first edition of this work. A very scarce work. Incomplete in one volume, being Volume I only of two. An extensive work on botany, noting over four-hundred and thirty types of plants, giving both their Latin and English names. Written by Lady Charlotte Murray, a Scottish botanist. She is best known for this work. She also, in 1793, discovered a double variety of Geranium Pratense Bookplate to the front pastedown, 'Nec Timide Nec Temere, Adversis Major Par Secundis. Sir William Forbes Bart. of Pitsligo'. Forbes was a Scottish banker, philanthropist, and writer. He was a good friend of the poet James Beattie. He was the Baron ot Pitsligo Castle, a ruined fifteenth century keep. Condition: In a full marbled calf binding. Externally, generally smart. A little rubbing to the spine. Light marks to the boards, with a small amount of loss to the rear board. Some minor surface cracks to the spine. Minor bumping to the extremities. Bookplate to the front pastedown, which as offset to the recto to the front endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean with only the very odd light mark. Overall Condition: Very Good Indeed
The History of the Life of the Duke of Espernon

The History of the Life of the Duke of Espernon, the Great Favourite of France

Charles Cotton; Guillaume Girard The first edition thus of Guillaume Girard and Charles Cotton's detailed biography on the life of the Duke of Eperon, the trusted friend on King Henri II of France. Illustrated with two plates. The first edition thus of this work, being the first edition in English. ESTC citation number R21918. The signatures run as A2, a2, (b)6, B-Z4, Aa-Bb4, [1], Cc-Zz4, Aaa-Ggg4, [1], Hhh-Zzz4, Aaaa-Nnnn4, Oooo2. With an advert to the tail of page 651. With two portraits bound to the front, showing the Duke of Epernon. Collated, complete. A biography of the life of Jean Louis de Nogaret de La Valette, the Duke of Epernon (misspelt in this work as Espernon). Epernon was a powerful member of the French nobility during the sixteenth and seventeenth century. He was in the intimate circle of favourites of Henri III of France, and was involved in many plots and politics in the French court. He first came to the future King's notice at the Siege of La Rochelle. In fact, it was Henri who sold him the town of Epernon in northern France. The King showered many titles upon Epernon. After Henri III was assassinated in 1589, Epernon was opposed to the accession of Henry of Navarre, though he did eventually have to submit to the King. However, he did not forget his displeasure with Henri IV coming to the throne, and was involved in a conspiracy that resulted in the assassination of Henri IV. After the death of Henri IV, he helped Henri's widow, Marie de' Medici, to become regent, as her son, Louis XIII, was still too young to rule. Alongside de Medici, he was active in government, participating in the persecution and murder of the Huguenots in Guienne. Eventually, however, Epernon was disgraced and exiled, after a disagreement with Henri de Sourdiss. Epernon is an ancestor of the actress Audrey Hepburn. Originally written in French by Guillaume Girard. Translated into English by Charles Cotton. Cotton was an English poet, writer, and translator. He often wrote in a burlesque style, with his worked being humorous and often ludicrous. Cotton was also passionate about fishing, and had a small fishing house on the banks of the River Dove. Bookplate to the front pastedown, 'Bradby-Hall', meaning Bretby Hall, the seat of the Earls of Chesterfield. Though it is unsure which Earl purchased this book, it is expected that this book sat in the library at the Hall. Bretby Hall was built in 1630, that manor being demolished in the early nineteenth century and rebuilt by the fifth Earl. Condition: In a full calf binding. Externally, sound. The front board is held by cords only and may detach with further handling. Rubbing to the boards and spine. A little lifting and loss of leather to the extremities. Loss of leather to the head of the rear board to the joint. Lacking spine labels. Small amount of loss to the tail of the spine. Rear hinge is weak. Bookplate to the front pastedown. Ink mark to the recto to the front endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and generally clean with the odd handling mark. Small loss to the first plate, not affecting image. Overall Condition: Good Only
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth and Nations. With a life of the Author. Also

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth and Nations. With a life of the Author. Also, a View of the Doctrine of Smith Compared With That of the French Economists; With a Method of Facilitating the Study of His Works; From the French of M. Garnier.

Adam Smith A smartly rebound three volume set of Adam Smith's influential and popular work on economics, 'The Wealth of Nations', a work which went on to shape economics theory. Rebound in a smart quarter crushed morocco binding with paper to the boards, with new endpapers. With two pages of publisher's adverts to the rear of Volume III. Complete in three volumes. With a life of the author. 'The Wealth of Nations' was one of the world's first work discussing what builds nation's wealths. The author discusses the division of labour, productivity, and free markets. The work is divided into five parts, titled 'One the Causes of Improvement in the Productive Powers of Labor', 'Of the Nature, Accumulation, and Employment of Stock', 'Of the Different Progress of Opulence in Different Nations', 'Of Systems of Political Economy', and 'Of the Revenue of the Sovereign or Commonwealth'. The work is still a fundamental reference in classical economics, and provided the foundation for future politicians, economists, thinkers, biologist, and mathematicians. In fact, the work showed the clear shift that was happening in the field of economics. In this work the author aimed to offer a practical application for reformed economic theory. They were intended to replace the prevalent economic theories of the time, due to the coming industrial progress. In this work Adam Smith introduced his theory of absolute advantage, meaning the ability of a party to produce a greater quantity of goods than competitors. Written by Adam Smith. This work was his magnum opus, being the product of seventeen years of notes and works. He is well known for being a pioneer of political economy, as well as being a leading figure in the Scottish Enlightenment. He is often nicknamed 'The Father of Economics', and also is credited with laying the foundations of the classical free market economical theory. Condition: Rebound in a quarter crushed morocco binding with paper to the boards. Externally, smart. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned with some tidemarks and the odd spot. Overall Condition: Very Good
Thuani Historiarum Sui Temporis

Thuani Historiarum Sui Temporis

Jacques Auguste de Thou A uniformly bound original Latin text of Jacques Auguste de Thou's extensive and celebrated history of his own time, a work that was deemed heretical at the time. In Latin. The first critical edition by Buckley. The critical edition was published one hundred years after the original edition. A thorough history of the world during the period of 1545 to 1584, written by Jacques Auguste de Thou. His discussion of the first wars of religion and the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre led his work to be put on the 'Index Librorum Prohibitorum', a list of books that were deemed to be heretical or immoral. De Thou's work was been celebrated for his exact research, which he drew from the best sources. His writing is elegant and animated, breathing life into the exciting history. Jacques Auguste de Thou was a French historian and book collector. He was the a canon of the Notre-Dame de Paris. He travelled widely, including to most of the Italian courts. Later, he was appointed conseiller d'etat, and served Henry III and Henry IV faithfully. Bookplate to the front pastedowns. The bookplate is likely from the Cowper/Cooper family, being from the Earl Cowper line. The 1st Earl Cowper was the first Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain. Condition: In a full calf binding. Externally, sound. Some rubbing and marking to the boards and spines. Light surface cracks to the spines. Some loss to the head and tail of the spines, heavier to Volumes I to V. Cracks to the joints. Loss to the spine of Volume VII. Small repair to the front board of Volumes VI and VII. Front board of Volume VII may detach with further handling. Hinges are strained but remain firm. Front endpaper of Volume I is working loose. Front endpaper of Volume II working loose, the front free endpaper detached but present. Front endpaper and front free endpaper of Volume VI working loose. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and generally clean with the odd spot and mark. Tidemarks to the last few pages of Volume II. Overall Condition: Good Only
Vocabolario degli Accademici della Crusca : in Quest' Ultima Edizione Da'Medesimi Riueduto

Vocabolario degli Accademici della Crusca : in Quest’ Ultima Edizione Da’Medesimi Riueduto, e Ampliato , con Aggiunta di Molte Voci Degli Autori del Buon Secolo, e Buona Quantità di Quelle Dell’vso. Con tre Indici Delle Voci, Locuzioni, e Prouerbi Latini e Greci, Posti per Entro l’Opera

Agnolo Monosini A scarce edition of this important Italian dictionary, being the second modern European dictionary that was ever published. A scarce work, last seen at auction in 1999. In the original Italian. The signatures run as *6, **6, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Zzz4, Aaaa-Qqqq4, a-h6, i-k4, l3. This is a very scarce edition, sitting in between the publication of the official second edition in 1623, and the official third edition in 1691. This is an unauthorised edition. 'Vocabolario degli Accademici della Crusca' was the first Italian language dictionary ever compiled, originally published in 1612. The dictionary is also notable because it was only the second dictionary of a modern English language published, with a Spanish one being published the year before this work was first published. As a result, this work served as a model for similar dictionaries that would go on to be published in English, German, and French. It was also an innovative work as it was one of the first examples of organising the entries in alphabetical order, rather than the traditional form of organising by topic. It also differed from similar works as it had fewer references to regional uses of words, and didn't place a distinction between prose and poetry language. The work was compiled by the Accademia della Crusca, an Italian society for scholars, linguits, and philologists. It is the oldest linguistic society in the world, being founded in Florence in 1583. It's main goal was, at the time of formation, to maintain the purity of the Italian language. One of the greatest contributors to this work was the Italian scholar and cleric Agnolo Monosini. He played an important role in the development of the Italian language. In particular, Monosini added an index of Greek words to this work. . However, there were thirty-six other academicians who worked full time on the compilation of the dictionary in Florence. Stamp to the title page, 'G. Bauer'. Condition: In the original vellum binding. Externally, sound. Lacking most of the spine. Loss of vellum to the front board. Some loss of the rear board to the head of the rear joint. Heavy marks and discolouration to the boards. Hinges are weak. Pencil mark to the front pastedown. Internally, generally firmly bound, though the binding is a little strained in places. Pages are very lightly age-toned and generally clean with the odd spot and handling mark. Title page is detached but present. Stamp to the title page, 'G. Bauer'. Tidemarks to the fore edge, heavier to the first few pages. Small wormhole to the gutter from the title page to page 250, not affecting text. Very small scorch mark to page 135/6, affecting two words. Closed tear to page 531/532. Overall Condition: Good Only
Philips' Atlas of the Counties of England

Philips’ Atlas of the Counties of England, Reduced From the Ordnance Survey

Edward Weller; John Bartholomew A complete collection of colour folding maps showing each county in England, each being in engraved in great detail. A new edition of this work. Collated, complete. A collection of forty-eight colour folding maps, showing in detail each county in England, as well as looking at Wales, the Isle of Wight, and the Isle of Man. The plates are notably finely engraved, as the engraved, Edward Weller, was known for. Some of the counties are divided on to separate sheets, including Lancashire and Yorkshire, allowing for an even greater level of detail. Containing a map showing all of England and Wales with a portion of Southern Scotland, and maps showing Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, Cumberland, Derbyshire, Devonshire, Dorsetshire, Durham, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Kent, Northern Lancashire, Southern Lancashire, Leicestershire and Rutlandshire, Lincolnshire, Middlesex, Monmouthshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Somersetshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire, Westmorland, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, North West Yorkshire, North East Yorkshire, South West Yorkshire, South East Yorkshire, North Wales, South Wales, the Isle of Wight, and the Isle of Man, With a complete consulting index by John Bartholomew. Compiled by Edward Weller, a British engraver and cartographer. He is well known for being one of the first people of produce maps using lithograph. He worked from offices in Red Lion Square, and later in Bloomsbury. Weller also contributed maps for Cassell's Weekly Dispatch Atlas, which was published in monthly segments. Condition: Rebacked in a half morocco binding with cloth to the boards. Externally, smart. Evidence of former loss to the spine. Some light marks to the boards, heavier to the rear board. Minor bumping to the extremities. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean with the odd spot. Pencil annotation to the reverse of maps. Title page and contents page have been repaired with an additional leaf adhered to the reverse. Map for North East Yorkshire is almost detached. Overall Condition: Very Good
Selected Works of The Writings of Douglas Jerrold Collected Edition

Selected Works of The Writings of Douglas Jerrold Collected Edition

Douglas Jerrold A five volume set collecting selected works of dramatist and writer Douglas Jerrold. Douglas Jerrold, an English writer and dramatist of the nineteenth century, was propelled to fame following his play 'Black-Eyed Susan', establishing a successful career as a playwright, journalist and writer, having been a sailor and compositor. His works are dramatic and entertaining, and he was a promoter of English originality in the theatre, unwilling to adapt work from the influx of French writings. These selected works from Jerrold's writings include 'Men of Character', 1851, 'Mrs. Caudle's Curtain Lectures, the Story of a Feather, and the Sick Giant and the Doctor Dwarf', 1852, 'Cakes and Ale', 1852, 'Punch's Letters to His Son, Punch's Complete Letter Writer, and Sketches of the English', 1853, and 'A Man Made of Money, and the Chronicles of Clovernook', 1853. Volumes two, three, four, five, and six only of an eight volume set. Library plate to the front pastedown of each volume. This selection of Jerrold's celebrated work collects some of his finest forays into comedy, drama, and letters. Condition: Bound in attractive red half morocco with marbled boards, with gilt stamped decoration to the spine. Externally, all volumes generally very smart, with only some shelfwear to the spines and extremities. Some marking to the joint of volume 3. Internally, all volumes firmly bound. Pages generally bright and clean in all volumes, with only some spotting to the very front and rear. Overall Condition: Very Good