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The Flowerings Plants, Grasses, Sedges & Ferns of Great Britain and Their Allies the Club Mosses, Horsetails, &c

Anne Pratt; Edward Step A lovely leather-bound four volume set which contains information on the flowers, plants, and ferns of Great Britain, written by Anne Pratt and edited by Edward Step, with over three-hundred colour plates. Complete in four volumes.A new edition, edited by Edward Step.This work is one of Anne Pratt's great contribution to the development of botanical study. The work offers a comprehensive guide to numerous plants to be found in Britain, intended as a study guide for those interested.Volume I illustrated with a colour frontispiece, seventy-seven colour plates, and four monochrome plates.Volume II illustrated with a colour frontispiece, and seventy-six colour plates.Volume III illustrated with a colour frontispiece, and seventy-nine colour plates.Volume IV illustrated with a colour frontispiece, eighty-seven plates, and one monochrome plate.Collated, complete.All of the colour plates in these volumes are striking and bright chromolithographs, brilliant examples of Victorian printing.?Anne Pratt was a popular botanical illustrator in Victorian England. She wrote many books on botanics, with the most popular being 'The Flowering Plants, Grasses, Sedges, and Ferns of Great Britain and Their Allies the Club Mosses, Pepperworts, and Horsetails', a six volume set that took twelve years to publish in full. Though her illustrations were popular at the time and brought a love of nature to many, she's sadly never received great acclaim or recognition, as she was a self-taught woman.Original wraps for Volume 1 Number 2 bound to the rear of Volume I, for Volume II Number 11 to the rear of Volume II, for Volume III Number 20 to the rear of Volume III, and for Volume IV Number 34 to the rear of Volume IV. In a half calf binding with marbled paper to the boards. Externally, generally smart. Spines are faded. Light rubbing to the leather, resulting in some loss of leather to the joints and extremities. Minor bumping to the extremities. A small amount of loss to the head of the spines of Volumes II, III, and IV, with a crack to the head of the joints of Volume IV. Lighter rubbing to the boards. Rear joint of Volume III is starting, rear hinge is strained. Front hinge of Volume I is starting but firm. Hinges of Volume IV are starting but firm. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean. Very Good
  • $260
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A Sketch of the Lives and Writings of Dante and Petrarch

[Thomas Penrose] The first and only edition of Thomas Penrose Junior's interesting study on the lives and writings of Dante and Petrarch, a vanishingly scarce work. The first and only edition of this vanishingly scarce work, last sold at auction in 1932.An interesting study on the lives and writings of Dante and Petrarch. Penrose discusses their important in medieval literature and philosophy, and how their writings helped to shape the Renaissance.?In this volume the author also explores the literature of Italy in the fourteenth century.?Written by Thomas Penrose Junior, the son of poet Thomas Penrose. This appears to be the junior's only work.Bookplate of H. Herman Chilton to the front paste down. Chilton was a Belgian-born lockmaking industrialist who settled in Wolverhampton after attending their Grammar School. As director of J. Legge and Co. LTD he developed a number of lock patents. He was also the author of several science fiction novels, 'Woman Unsexed', 'The Ways of June', 'The Lost Children', and 'Talking Totem'.Bookplate of Henry Chilton to the recto of the front endpaper.Bound without the adverts. In a half calf binding with cloth to the boards. Externally, a little rubbed to the leather. Minor marks to the boards, a little heavier to the front boards. Minor bumping to the extremities. Spine is lightly faded. Small cracks to the head and tail of the joints. Small amount of loss to the head and tail of the spines. Hinges are starting a little but remains firm. Bookplate to the front paste down and to the recto of the front endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are very lightly age-toned and clean with a few scattered spots. Good
  • $211
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The Miscellaneous Works of Tobias Smollett with Memoirs of His Life and Writings

Tobias Smollett; Robert Anderson A six volume collection of the works of Tobias Smollett, with memoirs of his life included. A well presented collection in full calf binding. This set consists of six volumes, presenting the works of Tobias Smollett. Tobias Smollett was a Scottish novelist and surgeon, best known for his novels The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, The Expeditions of Humphry Clinker and The Adventures of Roderick Random, all of which are included in this set. Smollett became well-known at the time for his comedic yet realistic style. Volume I contains The Life of Smollett and The Adventure of Roderick Random. Volume II contains The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, Part One. Volume III contains The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, Part Two and plays and poems. Volume IV contains The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom and Expedition Against Carthagena.Volume V contains The Adventure of Sir Launcelot Greaves and Travels through France and Italy. Volume VI contains The Expedition of Humphry Clinker and Adventures of an Atom. With bookplates in each volume and booksellers labels of N. Porter included in five out of the six volumes. With a frontispiece of Smollett to volume one and a frontispiece of Robert Anderson to volume two. In full calf binding. Externally smart, with slight shelf wear and rubbing to the extremities. Occasional marks to boards. Slight damp staining to front of volumes one and two, and tide mark to both frontispiece, not affecting illustration. Tidemark to front paste down of volumes three and four. Light scorch marks to top fore edge of novels, not affecting text. Light offsetting to endpapers. All volumes contain bookplates to front paste down. All volumes except volume six contain bookseller label to front endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages lightly age toned with the occasional spot. Offsetting from frontispieces to title page in volumes one and two. Very Good
  • $352
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Roodscreens and Roodlofts

Frederick Bligh Bond; Dom Bede Camm An extensive two volume set exploring the architectural significance of roodscreen's in late medieval church architecture. The first edition of this works. Two volume set in original publisher's cloth binding. This work by Frederick Bligh Bond and Rev. Dom Bede Camm explores the medieval architecture of churches. Roodscreens and roodlofts are decorative partitions found between the chancel and the nave of a church. They are typical features of late medieval religious architecture. Bond and Camm document this architectural screenwork, focusing on different regions, such as Cornwall and Devon.With 131 plates and 130 further pages containing illustrations. Collated complete. With bookplates to front paste down of both volumes. Including frontispieces of examples of roodscreens at Saint David's Cathedral and Ashton Church in Devon. In publisher's original cloth binding. Externally, sound with slight rubbing. Fading to cloth and slight wear to the extremities. Damp staining to boards of volume two. Slight bumping to corners and to spine head and tails. Hinges tender, particularly to volume two, with cords visible. Occasional mark to boards. Offsetting and age toning to endpapers. Slight spotting and occasional mark to endpapers. Bookplate to both volumes to front paste down. Internally, firmly bound. Generally clean and bright pages, with occasional spotting throughout. Ink stamp and inscription on blank facing preface in volume one. Occasional mark or annotation to pages. Good
  • $128