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The Little Sea Torch: Or

The Little Sea Torch: Or, True Guide for Coasting Pilots: By Which They are Clearly Instructed How to Navigate Along the Coasts of England, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Sicily Etc Etc

Serres, J.T.; (Translated from the French of Le Sieur Bougard) [2], [i]-ii, [v]-vi, 1-134, plates, [135-136], charts, 137-144pp, [6]. Original? boards, later cloth reback with modern paper title label to spine, later endpapers. Boards worn to edges and especially corners, scrape to centre of lower board. Internally the front endpaper is creased, light spotting to text, but plates generally clean, a few pages with marginal repairs, one plate with marginal repairs with the repairs slightly offsetting on to the margin of another plate, but generally quite bright and clean. With twenty coloured aquatint plates showing one hundred and thirty-seven coastal profiles and twenty-four tinted engraved charts on twelve pages by J. Stadler and J. Luffman after J.T. Serres. Housed in a calf backed slipcase, with raised bands, spine in six panels, a leather title label to second panel, with the remaining panels with repeated gilt tooling. J.[ohn] T.[homas] Serres, was the elder son of the marine painter Dominic Serres, and was "appointed draughtsman to the Admiralty, being employed in making sketches of the harbours on the enemy's coast, for which he had a vessel placed at his service and £100 a month. His two books are the outcome of work undertaken in this capacity: the 'Little Sea Torch' being a guide for coasting ships" (Prideaux, page 275). For Luffman see Worms and Baynton-Williams, pages 417-419. NMM III:218; Goldsmiths 18296.1 and Abbey England 344 Size: Elephant Folio
The History and Antiquities of Staffordshire

The History and Antiquities of Staffordshire

Shaw, Rev. Stebbing Two volumes (all published, 1798-1801, Volume One - [2], v-xvi, xxi-xxiv, [2], 1-125, [1], i-xii, *xi-*xii, xiii-xxxviii, 1-156, *153-*158, 157-164, 165*-166*, 165-210, 207*-214*, 211-414, *411-*416, 415-434, 1-38pp and Volume Two - xxxii, 1-13, [1], 1-22, *21-*22, 23-30, 27*-30*, 31-106, 105*-107*, 107-172, *171-*172, 173-220, *221-*222, 221-290, 1-20pp. Early twentieth century morocco, raised bands, spines in seven panels, title lettered direct to second panel, author and volume to third, remaining panels with volute corner pieces and large central lozenge piece all in gilt, covers with dog tooth roll border surrounding a triple fillet, with small fleuron corner pieces, double fillet roll to edges, inner edges with floral roll, comb and curl marbled endpapers, cloth reinforcing to inner joints, double end bands, a.e.g. Rubbed to extremities, with a few minor bumps and scrapes, but joints sound. Internally some light browning, occasionally heavier to a few signatures, some light spotting, especially to titles, and light off setting, titles creased, small ink stain to head of Rr2v of volume one, but generally fairly clean. Lacking half title to volume one (not called for in volume two), with folding engraved county map to volume one, and eighty-two engraved and aquatint plates (one folding, with plate of Soho Manufactory with very small hole to image, one torn to fore edge and plate mark, neatly repaired), a folding engraved plan of Wolverhampton to volume two, and three folding pedigrees. Each volume decorated with a total of four hundred and twenty-six, hand-coloured and finished with gum arabic, armorial shields to margins. Large paper copy, and still handsome, complete despite some errors in pagination (see Upcott). Upcott 1176-1185 Size: Elephant Folio
Oxford

Oxford

Malton, Thomas Four parts (all published) with six plates in each part, a total of twenty-four coloured aquatint plates in original wrappers, each with original oval paper label to upper cover, housed in a cloth chemise (evidence of a bookplate being removed) and contained in a leather backed slipcase (some minor splitting to cloth to extremities). Wrappers slightly chipped and faded, a couple of light water stains to lower cover of part two, each plate with tissue guard a couple of which are heavily chipped with loss, most lightly browned, but the plates are generally quite bright and clean. The plates are uncoloured in Abbey, and although Prideaux (page 262) mentions "twenty-four delicately coloured plates", and Abbey notes that "one or two sets coloured for special clients may have been issued", it is most likely that this colouring is later. The four parts contain the following plates - Part 1, dated March 1802 - 1. Magdalen College from the New Bridge; 2. Queens College from the High Street; 3. Entrance to All Souls College and St. Mary's Church from the High Street; 4. West Front of the Principal Quadrangle of All Souls College; 5. The Library of All Souls College; 6. Staircase to the Hall of Christ Church College; Part 2, dated August 1802 - 1. University College from the High Street; 2. The Principal Quadrangle of Queen's College; 3. The Chapel of Queen's College; 4. East Front of the Principal Quadrangle of All Souls College; 5. Christ Church from the Chaplain's Office; 6. The Cathedral of Christ Church; Part 3, dated April 1803 - 1. The First Quadrangle of Magdalen College; 2. The Clarendon Printing House; 3. Corpus Christi College From the Garden; 4. The Hall of Christ Church College; 5. The Anti Chapel of New College; 6. The Chapel of New College and Part 4, dated January 1804 - 1. First Quadrangle of New College; 2. First Quadrangle of Brazen Nose College; 3. Merton Church; 4. North Front of the Library of Christ Church College; 5. North Front of the Divinity School; 6. The Divinity School. The work didn't reach completion due to the death of Malton in 1804, he had however already etched the six plates for the next part, and these unfinished plates (in outline) appeared together with the twenty-four aquatints when the entire work was reprinted in 1810 with the title 'Views in Oxford'. Abbey Scenery 272 Size: Elephant Folio
Stone Talk [Lithophonema]: Being Some of the Marvellous Sayings of a Petral Portion of Fleet Street

Stone Talk [Lithophonema]: Being Some of the Marvellous Sayings of a Petral Portion of Fleet Street, London, to One Doctor Polyglott, Ph. D

Burton, Richard]; Baker, Fred D.O.N. [6], 121pp, [1], original violet cloth. Title and publisher in gilt to spine, title inside an ouroboros to upper cover, blind stamped device to lower cover, covers with blind stamped border, black endpapers. Spine slightly faded and slightly rubbed to extremities, outer edge of upper cover with small amounts of black ink staining, internally a few pencil marks to margins, but generally quite bright and clean, with the errata leaf. Ink inscription to head of title 'From a friend' and with Burton's engraved book label 'Captain Sir Richard Burton' to front free endpaper. Now housed in a leather backed drop down box made by Temple Bookbinders, with title in gilt to spine. One of the rarest of Burton's works, a blank verse satire, "enumerating many of the crimes which England has committed, and castigating her hypocrisy. It is certainly one of the cleverest of all Burton's books, although it is practically unknown. It is very rare. Its scarcity is increased by the fact that Lady Burton bought up and destroyed a large number of the copies, to save her husband from possible trouble with the 'authorities' . of the 200 copies, 128 went to the Press and author" (Penzer, pages 77-78). This copy is probably one of a few copies Burton received from the printers, surviving his wife's round-up by being gifted to a close friend. See Penzer, 77-78 Size: 8vo
The Nursery Alice

The Nursery Alice

Carroll, Lewis; [Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge] [12], 56pp, [8], original quarter cloth and decorated boards, the upper cover with a pictorial design in colour of Alice asleep and dreaming beneath a tree, signed 'E.G. Thomson', the lower cover with a picture of the March Hare in the centre, and the initials 'E.G.T.' Cloth to spine with minor repairs and small amount of loss towards foot of spine, slightly frayed to spine ends, corners bumped with some loss to paper covering and boards, boards worn with light marking, some scraping, especially to lower board, lightly browned, inner joints slightly weak and slightly shaken. Internally very lightly browned, endpapers browned, tissue guard to frontispiece foxed, a few page corners slightly creased, but generally clean and fairly bright. Now housed in a red cloth chemise and leather backed slip case, raised bands, spine in six panels with title to second panel and author to fourth, remaining panels with central flower device. Inscribed by Carroll, in his usual purple ink to half title, being one of one hundred presentation copies (see Williams, Madan, Green and Crutch, page 162), 'Marie van der Gucht with the author's love. Mar. 25, 1890'. Marie van der Gucht is the dedicatee in the book, with the second letters of each line of the dedicatory verses 'A Nursery Darling', spelling out her name. This "second (first published) edition appears to differ from the first only in the date 1890, in the substitution of 'Price Four Shillings' above the imprint, and in the Advertisements at the end. Copies also have an inserted printed slip advertising Sylvie and Bruno [not found in this copy]. The impression consisted of 10,000 copies on white, rather than 'toned' paper, with greatly improved colour reproduction" (Williams, Madan, Green and Crutch, page 162), after Dodgson had rejected the first ten thousand sets of sheets printed by Edmund Evans, because the pictures were too bright and gaudy, so he instructed that they be reprinted. Carroll's exercise book detailing who he had sent copies of 'The Nursery Alice' to, notes that Van Der Gucht's copy was entry number 83, with that first edition sold at Sotheby's in 2012. Williams, Madan, Green and Crutch 216 Size: 4to
The Nursery Alice

The Nursery Alice

Carroll, Lewis; [Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge] [12], 56pp, [8], original quarter cloth and decorated boards, the upper cover with a pictorial design in colour of Alice asleep and dreaming beneath a tree, signed 'E.G. Thomson', the lower cover with a picture of the March Hare in the centre, and the initials 'E.G.T.'. Cloth to spine repaired, with small splits to head of upper joint, corners bumped with small amounts of loss, slightly rubbed with very light soiling. Internally very lightly browned, lacking tissue guard to frontispiece, but generally clean and fairly bright. Now housed in a black buckram chemise and slipcase, with title and author in gilt to spine. Inscribed by Carroll, in his usual purple ink to half title, being one of one hundred presentation copies (see Williams, Madan, Green and Crutch, page 162), 'For Nina from the author, Mar. 25 1890'. Nina was apparently Nina 'Ninty' Eschwege, who later married Herbert Haviland Field. This "second (first published) edition appears to differ from the first only in the date 1890, in the substitution of 'Price Four Shillings' above the imprint, and in the Advertisements at the end. Copies also have an inserted printed slip advertising Sylvie and Bruno [not found in this copy]. The impression consisted of 10,000 copies on white, rather than 'toned' paper, with greatly improved colour reproduction" (Williams, Madan, Green and Crutch, page 162), after Dodgson had rejected the first ten thousand sets of sheets printed by Edmund Evans, because the pictures were too bright and gaudy, so he instructed that they be reprinted. Williams, Madan, Green and Crutch 216 Size: 4to
Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Austen, Jane; Saintsbury, George (Preface) xxvii, [1], 476pp, [2], recent full morocco, Cosway style binding, by Temple Bookbinders, raised bands, spine in six panels, blue leather title label to second panel with matching author / illustrator label to fourth panel, remaining panels with gilt volute lozenge centre piece and volute corner pieces, upper cover with a triple roll and line border, surrounding an on laid blue leather frame with mitred corners and small fleuron tools, which in turn surrounds a roll and two line frame, that borders a watercolour on vellum by Martin Frost, after an illustration from the book by Hugh Thomson. The lower cover replicates the upper but without the centre frame and watercolour. Single gilt line to edges, inner edges with gilt roll, t.e.g., remaining edges untrimmed, with patterned endpapers. Externally fine. Internally a hint of light browning to page edges, otherwise bright and clean. Full page frontispiece, with another one hundred illustrations and headpieces as China paper proofs, laid down. One of two hundred and fifty copies for England (with another twenty-five copies for America) of the handmade large paper edition of the famous 'Peacock' edition. The water colour on vellum by Martin Frost replicates the illustration by Thomson on page 117, titled "such very superior dancing is not often seen". Housed in a cloth, silk lined, drop back box, with title and author in gilt to spine, made by Temple Bookbinders. See Gilson E78 Size: 4to