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Joyce, James: Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1926. 8vo. (210 x 160mm), pp.[xii], 735, [v]. Clean and bright internally. Original blue paper publisher's wrappers, edges uncut. Upper joint wholly split, so upper cover only attached where it folds around the outer edges of the first gathering. A bit cocked, spine worn and chipped with some surface peeling, edges tattered with numerous small closed tears and upper fore-edge fold splitting. There have been at least 18 editions of Ulysses, each with variations in their different impressions. Here we find the eighth printing of the first edition, with the 'type entirely re-set', so de facto the second edition. An uncommon find in its original paper wrappers.   Ref: 51744  show full image..
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[Knox, Vicesimus:] Epistles, Elegant, Familiar, & Instructive, Selected from the Best Writers, Ancient as well as Modern; intended for the improvement of Young Persons and for General Entertainment: being a proper Supplement to Extracts in Prose, & in Poetry. London: printed for Mssrs. Rivington, Longman et al, 1791. 8vo., pp. iv, [xii], 776 + additional engraved title-page. Text in two columns. Contemporary dark brown calf, gilt spine with red morocco title label, edges sprinkled blue. Spine creased, endcaps repaired, rubbed, a few light scrapes to boards, a good copy with some interesting provenance. To ffep, the ownership inscription of George Kenyon, 2nd Baron Kenyon, dated '1796, Christ Church'. Kenyon (1776–1855) matriculated at Christ Church College, Oxford in 1794 and took his BA in 1797. He went on to become an activist against Catholic emancipation, in 1810 writing the pamphlet Observations on the Roman Catholic Question, which 'was an incisive statement of the arguments against emancipation, in which he argued that concession would subvert the protestant nature of the government, the basis of the succession to the throne, and the union of church and state', and which was later reprinted on several occasions. 'He was, however, implicated in the disgrace of the Orange order in 1836 when [...] it was pilloried as a secret society possibly conspiring to subvert the succession to the throne. Kenyon's own conduct was imprudent rather than seditious, but his reputation suffered and thereafter he largely withdrew from public life.'(ODNB). To the front paste-down is the later inscription of Kenyon's daughter Marianne (1807-1866), dated 1834 and noting, 'From my dearest Papa'. Slightly overlapping Marianne's inscription is a small bookplate printed 'H. Kenyon, The Gelli'. This is likely Henrietta Kenyon (1839-1903), daughter of George's son the 2nd Baron, who with her sister Georgina (1834-1919) commissioned the building of The Gelli, a 'small' country house in the Borough of Wrexham, in 1877. A large armorial bookplate of the Kenyon family arms with motto dominates the rest of the front paste-down.   Ref: 51467 
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López-Rey, José: Velázquez: Painter of Painters. Cologne: Taschen & the Wildenstein Institute, 1996. 2 vols., folio, pp. 261, [i]; 328. Grey cloth, white lettered. Small stain to vol. I at head of spine, otherwise a little light shelf-wear but still very good.   Ref: 51814 
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Lyttelton, [G.W.] & Gladstone, W.E.: Translations. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1861. First edition. 8vo., pp. [ii], iv, 151, [i]. Parallel texts and translations. Odd spots of foxing but generally clean. Contemporary quarter leather, skiver or similar, with pinkish textured cloth boards, top edge gilt and others uncut, grey endpapers. Spine a little rubbed and scratched, some loss to headcap, boards faded. Still very good overall. To front endpapers: remains of a removed bookseller's label (possibly French) and inscription of Vincent Gray. Mostly illegible gift inscription, surname possibly James, dated 1818 to title-page. To rear end paper: small paper label, 'Bound by Burn 37 & 38 Kirby St.'. Issued in February 1861, one of 500 copies on vellum-paper (a further 25 were issued on large paper). Includes translations: into Greek (Milton, Dryden etc.); into Latin (Gray, Tennyson etc.); from Greek (Aeschylus, Homer); from Latin (Horace, Catullus); and others into English, e.g. Dante and Schiller.   Ref: 52044 
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Machiavelli, Niccolo: (Byerley, J. Scott, ed.:) The Prince, From the Original Italian [...]: To Which is Prefixed an Introduction, Shewing the Close Analogy Between the Principles of Machiavelli and the Actions of Buonaparte. London: Sherwood, Neeley and Jones, 1815. Second edition. 8vo., pp. [ii], xii, xcv, [i], 211, [ix]. Publisher's catalogue to rear. A little sporadic foxing. Publisher's blue paper-covered boards, somewhat clumsily rebacked in dark brown sheep with paper label to spine. Worn, most of spine surface lost but binding holding firm. A good copy. Several ownership inscriptions to front paste-down: O.H.T. Dudley, 1899; R.H.D. Young; S.C.R. Parker, Sept. 1939. First edition thus originally published in 1810.   Ref: 51215 
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Mackenzie, Compton: Thin Ice. London: Chatto & Windus, 1956. First edition, author signed and inscribed. Bright and clean internally. Blue cloth, gilt title to spine. Edges faintly foxed, strip of light toning to each endpaper near gutter, very good indeed. Author inscribed, 'To Bruce, on the threshold of years of discretion' and dated September 2 1956. We believe the recipient, 'Bruce', to be Mackenzie's friend and fellow author Robert Hamilton Bruce Lockheart. Both men were former British Intelligence agents, perhaps explaining the 'discretion' mentioned in the inscription.   Ref: 49562 
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Mandeville, Bernard, (Kaye, F.B. ed.:) The Fable of the Bees, or Private Vices, Publick Benefits. Volumes I & II. Oxford University Press with Sandpiper Books, 2001. New edition. Two vols., 8vo.. Black cloth, orange and white dust-jackets. Still in publisher's shrink-wrap, fine. An Oxford University Press Academic Monograph Reprint. This edition presents an authoritative text, together with an introduction, commentary notes, and scholarly apparatus.   Ref: 51625 
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Mantel, Hilary: Eight Months on Ghazzah Street. London: Viking, 1988. First edition, author signed. 8vo., pp. 298, [ii]. Margins toned. Black cloth, red title to spine. A few tiny dents, light stain to top edge but still a very good copy. Autographed "Hilary Mantel / May 1988." to f.f.e.p.. Mantel's third published novel, drawing on her experiences living in Saudi Arabia in the 1980s.   Ref: 50000 
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McCormick, Donald: The Incredible Mr Kavanagh. London: Putnam, 1960. First edition. 8vo., pp. 205, [i] + plates. Internally bright. Sea-green cloth, gilt title to spine. A few light scratches, three small dents to edges of upper board, very good. The story of Arthur Kavanagh (1831-1889) who overcame severe disabilites to have a long and successful career in Parliament.   Ref: 51381 
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[McCoy, John:] 'The Lord Commissioner', pseud.: A Prophetic Romance: Mars to Earth. Boston: Arena Publishing Company, 1896. First edition. 8vo., pp. [ii], 283, [iii], first and final leaves blank. Some smudgy marks to front endpapers, title-page and pp.14-19; some bookseller's notes pencilled to ffep. Publisher's olive green cloth, gilt title to spine and upper board. A little cocked, edges rubbed with endcaps and corners beginning to wear slightly but still a good, sound copy. Printed cardboard pocket from Pony Public Library, Montana to front paste down and their purple inkstamp to ffep. Once home to a thriving mining community, Pony is now a ghost town with only a few hundred residents. A very scarce first edition copy of this early American science-fiction novel, part of the late nineteenth-century surge of utopian and dystopian literature. Seemingly set in the late 20th century and written largely from the perspective of the pseudonymous Lord Commissioner, the novel imagines a restructured America which now includes Canada and Central America. The President is a woman, the Capitol and its congressmen having been blown up by irate citizens. Founded by the progressive journalist B.O. Flower (1858-1918), Arena Publishing Co. produced over 20 such volumes of 'fantastic' fiction during it's short (1890-6) period of operation. The company was notoriously radical, publishing both fiction and non-fiction books related to progressive causes. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years, 1368; Kopp, 890. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 57; Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography, 724; Rooney, Dreams and Visions: A Study of American Utopias, 1865-1917, pp. 192-93; Sargent, British and American   Ref: 51553 
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