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  • Ambition. An Epistle to Paoli by TOURNAY, Thomas.
    TOURNAY, Thomas.
    Ambition. An Epistle to Paoli

    London: Printed by the author: 1769. Paper wraps (Circa 1950?). A poem / epistle, dedicated to John Sawbridge of Olantigh, Kent. I am not sure whether he would have wanted the dedication - despite the quotation from Milton to the title page, this is fairly turgid stuff. 30 pp.

    Condition: The paper cover is a little nicked and bumped to the edges. Internally, somewhat darkened. The final leaf has lost the top inch of the page - but just stops short of the text (so no loss). A couple of contemporary ownership marks to the title.

    Book ID: 1926
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  • Balaustion's Adventure including a Transcript from Euripides by BROWNING, Robert.
    BROWNING, Robert.
    Balaustion's Adventure including a Transcript from Euripides

    Edition: Reprint

    London: Smith, Elder & Co: 1881. Third Edition. A lovely copy of this book of poetry, beautifully produced in a a very nice pale tan prize binding. Full leather binding, with ruled edges, six raised panels to the spine and gilt decoration, burgundy label. Attractive medieval style emblem from St Andrew's to the front board. Attractive marbled end papers. [iv], 1-170pp

    Condition: The binding is in very nice condition, with just a small mark to the front board. binding is holding well. Internally in excellent condition. Slight cracking to the inside front hinge.

    Book ID: 2005
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  • English Little Magazines No 12: Poetry London - Reprinted in Five Volumes by [ANON]
    [ANON]
    English Little Magazines No 12: Poetry London - Reprinted in Five Volumes Edited By Tambimuttu. Series Edited By B.C.Bloomfield.

    London: Frank Cass and Co. Limited, 1970. A modern reprint of the entire run of this magazine, originally published between 1939 and 1951, and comprising 23 issues bound within five volumes. Poetry London contains poetry and artwork from lots of the avant-garde poets of the day.
    Bound in publisher's green cloth with black to spines. Gilt stamped titles to front boards and spines. Poems by Dylan Thomas, Paul Potts, Laurence Whistler, Louis Macniece, George Barker, Herbert Read, Rayner Heppenstall, Stephen Spender, Walter De La Mare, Dorian Cooke, Lawrence Durrell, Nicolas Moore, D.S Savage, Heinrich Rhys, Charles Madge, David Gascoyne, Clifford Dyment, Ruthven Todd, Idris Davies, Glyn Jones, Lynd Nathan, Maurice Carpenter, and H. G. Porteus, and many others.

    Condition: In a very good. Almost looks unread, but has some finger marks to closed page edges.

    Book ID: 2310
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  • Fables de S. Lavalette. Illustrées de nouvelles eaux-fortes par Grandville. by LAVALETTE, S.
    LAVALETTE, S.
    Fables de S. Lavalette. Illustrées de nouvelles eaux-fortes par Grandville. Troisième edition, revue et augmentée.

    Paris: J. Hetzel, 1847. Original soft covers, with glassine covering. Vignette on the title and 33 etchings inset - all by Grandville; twelve of which appear for the first time. Tissue guards for each full page etching. Text in French. 163 pages. Many pages uncut. 285 x 190 mm (11¼ x 7½ inches).

    Condition: The glassine wrappers are darkened, and fragile to the edges. The pages inside are clean and bright, but the tissue guards are slightly foxed. Page edges are also slightly foxed. Overall in a very good condition.

    Book ID: 2696
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  • Gedichten van Hubert Korneliszoon Poot, met kunstige printen versiert by POOT, Hubert Korneliszoon
    POOT, Hubert Korneliszoon
    Gedichten van Hubert Korneliszoon Poot, met kunstige printen versiert

    Delft: Reinier Boitet, 1722. First edition. In original vellum binding. Engraved frontis. Vignette to title page. Lovely engravings throughout. 444 pages. 205 x 170 mm (8 x 6¾ inches). HC Poot (1689-1733) was the Dutch poet who was the first to try solely to 'live by the pen', with no other profession. A very brave move at the time!

    Condition: Ex-libris of Kees Crone to front pastedown. Vellum binding is in excellent condition for it's age. Pastedowns, both front and back, have some foxing, otherwise book is very clean.

    Book ID: 2548
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  • Author signed - limited edition
    Hriday Ganga by PREMORMI, (Ramesh Patel)
    PREMORMI, (Ramesh Patel)
    Hriday Ganga

    London: Shree International, 1993. Bound in turquoise cloth covers with a peacock feather on the front cover, and a fabulous woven gold coloured and tasseled bookmark. Signed by Ramesh Patel to the front. Limited to 2,000 copies.
    Text in Hindi, French, German, Spanish, English, Esperanto, Russian and Marathi. Poetry and colour images. Ramesh patel (Premormi) is a London based poet.

    Condition: As New condition.

    Book ID: 2278
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  • Scarce Irish 'pirate' edition
    Hudibras, in Three Parts, written in the Time of the Late Wars: by BUTLER, Samuel
    BUTLER, Samuel
    Hudibras, in Three Parts, written in the Time of the Late Wars: corrected and amended. With large Annotations and a Preface by Zachary Grey. Adorn'd with a new set of Cuts.

    Dublin: A. Reilly, 1744. In two volumes. Presumably the Irish pirated version of Bentham's Cambridge edition of the same year. Bound in original full calf. With wood-engraved portrait frontispiece (by Vertue after Soest), and 16 fine wood-engraved plates (by Mynde after Hogarth), five of which are folding. Full index at the end of each volume. The first edition to include Zachary Grey's extensive notes.
    Volume I - xxxvi, 399, [xv] pp.
    Volume II - 414, [vxiii] pp. The work is directed against religious sectarianism. The first part of Hudibras was written in 1658, and the other two in 1664 and 1678 respectively. Very popular in its time, the poem was sufficiently popular to spawn imitators.
    One early purchaser…

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    Dublin: A. Reilly, 1744. In two volumes. Presumably the Irish pirated version of Bentham's Cambridge edition of the same year. Bound in original full calf. With wood-engraved portrait frontispiece (by Vertue after Soest), and 16 fine wood-engraved plates (by Mynde after Hogarth), five of which are folding. Full index at the end of each volume. The first edition to include Zachary Grey's extensive notes.
    Volume I - xxxvi, 399, [xv] pp.
    Volume II - 414, [vxiii] pp. The work is directed against religious sectarianism. The first part of Hudibras was written in 1658, and the other two in 1664 and 1678 respectively. Very popular in its time, the poem was sufficiently popular to spawn imitators.
    One early purchaser of the first two parts was Samuel Pepys. Whilst Pepys acknowledged that the book was the "greatest fashion" he could not see why it was deemed so witty. Hudibras was reprinted many times in the centuries following Butler's death.

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    Condition: The binding has been skillfully restored, with red morocco labels, lettered, numbered and ruled in gilt. Boards are in good condition with only a little rubbing to edges and corners. New end papers. Small pen squiggle to end paper in volume one. Small neat signatures to title pages. Lacks the list of subscribers (often missing) at end of the first volume.

    Book ID: 2320
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  • L'Allegro and Il Penseroso illustrated with Etchings on Steel by Birket Foster by MILTON, John
    MILTON, John
    L'Allegro and Il Penseroso illustrated with Etchings on Steel by Birket Foster

    London: Henry G. Bohn, 1865. Original cloth with gilt titles and decoration. A little fraying to the top and base of the spine. Slight handling otherwise. Owner's inscription to second blank. Etched title and 30 engraved illustration by Foster. All edges gilt. 23 pages. Pages are printed to the recto only, with a leaf between to protect the etching. Internally a very nice copy. 270 by 190mm (10¾ by 7½ inches).

    Book ID: 2471
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  • Le Don Quichotte romantique, ou voyage du Docteur Syntaxe, by [COMBE (William)] GANDAIS, M.
    [COMBE (William)] GANDAIS, M.
    Le Don Quichotte romantique, ou voyage du Docteur Syntaxe, à la recherche du pittoresque et du romantique. Poëme en XX chants, traduit librement de l'anglais, et orné de 26 gravures, par M. Gandais.

    Paris: Chez l'Auteur / Pelicier, 1821. 1st Edition Thus. French adaptation of the poem originally by William Combe. which was a satiric interpretation of the saga of Don Quixote. With portrait caricature of Syntaxe, and decorative second title page. With 24 other plates. Bound in brown half calf with marbled boards. Leather label, and attractive gilt design to spine. Lovely marbled end papers. viii, 146 pp. 225 x 150 mm (8¾ x 6 inches).

    Condition: Slight rubbing to boards. Some small stains and light foxing, but overall in a very good condition. Complete.

    Book ID: 2718
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  • Le Latin Mystique les poetes de L'antiphonaire et la symbolique au moyen age by GOURMONT, Remy de.
    GOURMONT, Remy de.
    Le Latin Mystique les poetes de L'antiphonaire et la symbolique au moyen age preface inedite de l'auteur. Frontispice de Maurice Denis. Ornaments de Roger Deverin.

    Edition: First Thus

    Paris: George Cres et Cie: 1913. one of 925 copies (401/925). First Thus. Marbled boards, half red leather with gilt titles & decoration to the spine. Bookplate of a Dutch circuit judge to the front end paper. Frontis by Maurice Denis. tissue guard. Light pencilled annotations throughout the work in the margins. Overall a very attractive copy. 26cm x 19cm. 423. iii pp.

    Condition: The leather to the spine is clean and bright. The corners have a little rubbing -particularly to the top edge. Internally, the book is clean and bright throughout, with a little darkening to the pages.

    Book ID: 1950
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  • Les Heures du Soir by VERHAEREN, Émile
    VERHAEREN, Émile
    Les Heures du Soir précédées de Les Heures claires, Les Heures d'après-midi.

    Paris: Mercure de France, 1921. Dark brown half leather, with green marbled boards. Marbled endpapers. Includes original covers and spine bound in. # 624 of 770 numbered copies on laid Lafuma. Top edges gilt. 197 pages. 190 x 125 mm (7½ x 5 inches). Émile Verhaeren (1855 - 1916) was a Belgian French-speaking author, and one of the prominent figures of the Symbolist movement.

    Book ID: 2573
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  • First Edition T.S. Eliot
    Little Gidding by ELIOT, T. S.
    ELIOT, T. S.
    Little Gidding

    London: Faber and Faber, 1942. In original printed mauve card stock, with sewn binding. 16 pp. 230 mm x 150 mm (9 x 6 inches).

    Condition: Covers show some fading / light bumping around the margins. Internally fine with only small previous owner's name in pencil to front blank.

    Book ID: 2214
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  • London Lyrics by LOCKER, Frederick
    LOCKER, Frederick
    London Lyrics

    London: Chiswick Press, 1881. Lovely copy of this reprint edition, with a gift inscription by the author. With engraved frontispiece and tailpiece by Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway, respectively. Original buckram with gilt titles and edges. Darkening to end papers, otherwise in very good condition. 108 pages. 235 by 155mm (9¼ by 6 inches).

    Book ID: 2425
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  • Love Divine. Daily Texts and Hymns for a Month by HINES, Fred (illustrator)
    HINES, Fred (illustrator)
    Love Divine. Daily Texts and Hymns for a Month

    Nuremberg: Ernest Nister (London), 1889. Hardback first edition. In illustrated boards with green cloth spine. A charming little book, beautifully illustrated in colour by Fred Hines. Unpaginated, but 30 pages. 190 x 170 mm (7½ x 6¾ inches).

    Condition: Boards are a little soiled, and rubbed at edges. Binding reinforced with archival tape. Some foxing;commensurate with age. Overall in a good condition.

    Book ID: 2576
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  • Love is Death's Oracle. by GOODGER-HILL, Trevor
    GOODGER-HILL, Trevor
    Love is Death's Oracle. New Poems by Trevor Goodger-Hill

    Montréal: H. E. Heinemann, 1965. Softback illustrated covers. This is a limited edition of 368 signed copies. This copy is # 117, with the translator's, author's and illustrator's signatures to the colophon. From Volume 63 of Queen's Quarterly. Text in English and French (bilingual edition). Illustrated by Marie Koehler. Translated by Germaine Gabélier. 72 pages. 240 x 160 mm (9½ x 6¼ inches). Queen's Quarterly is a Canadian quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal of cultural studies that was established in 1893.

    Condition: Covers are lightly rubbed, otherwise in a very good condition.

    Book ID: 2646
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  • Makamen en Ghazelen. Proeven Oosterscher Poezie. by FERGUUT, Jan. [VAN DROOGENBROECK Jan A.]
    FERGUUT, Jan. [VAN DROOGENBROECK Jan A.]
    Makamen en Ghazelen. Proeven Oosterscher Poezie.

    Edition: Reprint

    Aalst: De Seyn-Verhougrstraete: 1894. 3rd edition. With frontis portrait of the author. Original softback binding, but rebound in recent marbled boards. Leather label to spine. Bookplate to inside front board.

    Condition: The binding is in excellent condition. The contents are in good clean condition, with a touch of darkening to the page edges.

    Book ID: 1964
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  • Marion Faliero, (A Tragedy) / The Prophecy of Dante by BYRON, Lord
    BYRON, Lord
    Marion Faliero, (A Tragedy) / The Prophecy of Dante

    London: John Murray, 1821. First Edition. This is the first UK edition. Newly bound in grey boards, and light brown spine with paper label. xxi, 261 [2] pp. 230 x 145 mm (9 x 5¾ inches).

    Condition: Test body is clean. Binding is tight. Moderate foxing throughout. Edges slightly browned.

    Book ID: 2062
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  • Mary of Huntingdon and Other Poems by THOMAS, Gilbert
    THOMAS, Gilbert
    Mary of Huntingdon and Other Poems

    London: George Allen & Unwin, 1928. Original publisher's purple boards, with (very slightly sun faded) blue cloth spine, gilt stamped title to spine. 51. pp
    190 by 130 mm (7½ by 5 inches).

    Condition: Very good condition

    Book ID: 2042
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  • Melati en Rotan. by KUNST, J.F.
    KUNST, J.F.
    Melati en Rotan. Gedichten van J.F. Kunst. Penteekeningen van Johanna Roberti.

    Den Haag: De Hofstad, [1948]. Limited edition poetry book. There were 300 numbered copies, this copy # 14. Printed on Ossekop Van Gelder paper. Signed to the rear blank endpaper by the author. 95 pages. 270 x 195 mm (10¾ x 7¾ inches).

    Condition: What looks like a coffee splash to the front board. Neat paper library label to the bottom of spine. One library stamp to the title page (Bibliotheek van de H.M. de Koningin). Blue boards somewhat sun faded. Internally very good.

    Book ID: 2643
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  • Numbered edition
    More Lucifer by SILLITOE, Alan
    SILLITOE, Alan
    More Lucifer

    Knotting: Martin Booth, 1980. Small square octavo, in beige card. Stapled. Three poems. One of 125 copies - the first 50 of which were signed. This is # 55. Unpaginated. 8 pp. 165 x 165 mm (6½ x 6½ inches).

    Condition: A near fine copy - no fading, tight binding, no inscriptions.

    Book ID: 2330
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