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[Aesop] [Dodsley, Robert, ed.] Select Fables of Esop and Other Fabulists. In Three Books. Birmingham: printed by John Baskerville, for R. and J. Dodsley [...] 1761. 8vo., pp. [ii], iii, [i], lxxviii, 204, [xxviii] + engraved frontispiece and 15 plates (with usual errors in pagination). Frontis and first 2 leaves a little toned, occasional spots and smudges, some patchy toning, some plates a bit foxed with offset toning to adjacent pages. Red 19th-century straight-grain morocco, gilt title to spine, plain gilt border and frame to each board, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. Spine a little darkened, surface wear to endcaps and joints, front endpaper spilt at hinge but board holding firm. Still a very handsome copy, very good. To front paste-down, large bookplate of Herbert S. Squance (signed Harry Soane, 1905) and small letterpress book label of J. O. Edwards. To ffep verso, tiny stamps 'Bound by J. Larkins' at head and 'For E.W. [Stibbs]' at tail. Edward William Stibbs (1846-1891), the Holborn bookseller of 25 New Oxford Street, died on 23rd April 1891 and his stock was subsequently sold at Sotheby's in 1892. Collected by Robert Dodsley, also partly translated and partly written by him. Includes de Meziriac's 'The Life of Esop', translated into English and annotated, and 'An Essay on Fable' by Robert Dodsley. 'Although at least thirteen printers had a hand in producing Dodsley's volumes, John Hughs seems to have been his primary printer, and the latter sometimes farmed out work to William Bowyer junior and William Strahan. John Baskerville printed Dodsley's Fables of Aesop, and the bookseller acted as the Birmingham printer's London agent for the sale of his Horace and Virgil, as well as for Baskerville's new typeface and wove paper.' (ODNB) ESTC T84696; Gaskell 14   Ref: 52247 
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Ames, Joseph: (Herbert, William, add.; Dibdin, Thomas Frognall, ed.:) Typographical Antiquities or The History of Printing in England, Scotland, and Ireland. Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1969. Facsimile edition. 4 vols., 8vo., pp. xx, 390, (ii); (x), v, (i), 614, (4); (x), iii, (i), 615, (iii); (x), ii, (i), 623, (i). Brown cloth, black and gilt label to spine. Top edges a little dusty,small mark to upper board vol II, very good indeed. Facsimile of the third edition. In the Anglistica & Americana series of reprints.   Ref: 51977 
£100
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Amis, Kingsley: A Case of Samples. Poems 1946-1956. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1956. First edition. 8vo., pp.72. Clean and bright within. Black cloth, gilt title to spine and upper board. A bit dusty, endpapers slightly toned, very good. Dust-jacket with some light smudgy marks, a little tattered at edges but still good. First edition of Amis's fourth published volume of poetry.   Ref: 52267 
£25
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[Annual] Kennedy, William: (Prout, Samuel, illus.:) The Continental Annual, and Romantic Cabinet for 1832. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1832. Large paper. 8vo., p. [x], 313, [i] + frontispiece, additional engraved title-page and 11 further engraved plates. Most plates with their protective tissues neatly excised, one tissue (over 'View in Metz' plate) with a small square cut out. Sporadic foxing, mostly affecting plates and their adjacent leaves. Burgundy textured sheepskin, gilt spine and borders, a.e.g., yellow endpapers. Spine faded with a few scrapes, rubbed, corners worn but a very good, sound copy. To top corner of ffep, tiny blindstamp of Remnant & Edmonds, Binders, Paternoster Row. Recent pencilled ownership inscription to ffep. Inscription to preliminary blank: 'From her brother Jim, with much love, and all best hopes,/ to Clara A. Allan, in memory of 1885./ [illegible place name?]. July 20. 1907.' The illustrator Samuel Prout (1783-1852) was a master of architectural watercolour painting, and was a sometime teacher of John Ruskin. He was appointed 'Painter in Water-Colours in Ordinary' to King George IV in 1829, and afterwards to Queen Victoria.   Ref: 51733 
£160
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[Annual] Roscoe, Thomas: (Harding, J.D., illus.:) (The Landscape Annual for 1832:) The Tourist in Italy. London: Jennings & Chapman, 1832. Large Paper. 8vo., pp. [viii], 286, [x] + engraved frontispiece, additional title-page with engraved vignette, plus 24 further engraved plates. Eight-page publisher's catalogue at rear. Sporadic foxing, some images toned with transfer to their protective tissues but others clean. Textured green sheepskin, gilt title to spine, raised bands, blind-tooled borders, a.e.g., yellow endpapers. Spine a bit faded, slightly rubbed with some wear to corners, small chip to bottom edge of upper board, very good overall. Recent pencilled ownership inscription to ffep, initials E.W. inked to top corner. Tiny binder's label of F. Westley, Friar Street, Near Doctor's Commons (London), at bottom edge of rear paste-down. The third of the publisher's Landscape Annuals.   Ref: 51732 
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[Annual] Roscoe, Thomas: (Prout, S., illus.:) (The Landscape Annual for 1830:) The Tourist in Switzerland and Italy. London: Robert Jennings, 1830. 8vo., pp. [vii], 278, [ii] + 26 plates including additional engraved title-page, as called for. Each plate protected by a slightly foxed tissue, but only very occasional spots of foxing elsewhere. Slight separation at gutter between frontis and engraved title. Green textured sheepskin, gilt title to spine, a.e.g.. Spine faded, a bit rubbed, lower corners bumped but a very good, sound copy overall. Signed to preliminary blank by the illustrator to his eldest daughter, Rebecca Elizabeth (b.1813). Recent pencilled ownership inscription to ffep. Samuel Prout (1783-1852) was a master of architectural watercolour painting, and sometime teacher of John Ruskin. He was appointed 'Painter in Water-Colours in Ordinary' to King George IV in 1829, and afterwards to Queen Victoria. The plates in this volume were engraved under the direction of the celebrated engraver Charles Heath (1785-1848).   Ref: 51731 
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Anon: (Smith, Dulcie Lawrence, trans.; Smith, Eileen Lawrence, illus.:) Aucassin and Nicolete. A Twelfth-Century Romance. London: Andrew Melrose, 1914. 4to., pp. [iv], 69, [i] + plates, some colour. Printed in red and black. Quarter faux-vellum, blue paper-covered boards, gilt title to spine and upper board, t.e.g., other edges uncut. Internally bright and clean. Spine a little grayed, free endpapers toned, otherwise very good indeed. An anonymous medieval French chantefable, or combination of prose and verse, known from only one survivng manuscript discovered in 1752 by Jean-Baptiste de la Curne de Sainte-Palaye.   Ref: 51159 
£40
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Banks, Iain: The Bridge. London: Macmillan, 1986. First edition, signed by the author. 8vo., pp. [x], 259, [i]. Very slightly toned towards page edges. Blue cloth, gilt title to spine, very vague crease to headcap but very good overall. Autographed to title-page. When interviewed by SFX Magazine in 1994 The Bridge was Banks' favourite of his novels, as well the one he thought to be technically the best. "Definitely the intellectual of the family, it's the one that went away to University and got a first. I think The Bridge is the best of my books."('The Books of Iain Banks - and Iain M. Banks')   Ref: 51373 
£175
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Baxter, James K.: In Fires of No Return. Poems. London, Wellington, New York: Oxford University Press, 1958. First edition. 8vo., pp. ix, [i], 68. Clean and bright internally, grey card Poetry Book Society 'Recommendation' wrap loosely inserted. Orange cloth, gilt title to spine. Boards very slightly warped, top edge dusty, free endpapers toned, some pencil to ffep, very good overall. Yellow dust-jacket spine sunned, a little grubby and tattered at edges but whole and still good. The first volume of Baxter's poetry to be published outside New Zealand.   Ref: 52266 
£20
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Blackmore, Richard: Prince Arthur. An Heroick Poem. In ten books. London: Printed for Awnsham and John Churchil, 1695. First edition. Folio, pp. [xx], 296. Title within plain borders. A few light smudges, but internally bright and clean. Near-contemporary speckled calf, raised bands, paper label to second compartment with title inked in an old hand, blind tooled borders, edges sprinkled red. Loss to headcap, joints worn, calf split at upper joint but cords holding firm, a few light scuffs, edges worn, top corners bumped and fraying, endpapers split at hinges, patch of skinning to front paste-down likely fron the removal of a bookplate. A very good copy. Small library code inked to front paste-down. The first edition (the second followed the same year, and included an idex) of Richard Blackmore's (1654-1729) celebration of William III in the form of an epic based on The Aeneid using historical material from Geoffrey of Monmouth. King William rewarded Blackmore with the post of physician-in-ordinary. Blackmore was less successful with other poets, and is the target of particular scorn from Pope in The Dunciad and other satires. ESTC R23258.   Ref: 51084 
£750
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