Abel, E. Lawrence: Singing the New Nation: How Music Shaped the Confederacy, 1861-1865. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2000. First edition. 8vo., pp. xviii, 398. Hardback: red cloth backed blue boards, gilt-lettered to spine, fine. Dust-jacket, price-sticker removed from lower corner of front cover leaving a faint trace of adhesive only, still very good. An unused copy. Foreword by Bobby Horton. Ref: 53939
Allen, James Lane: A Kentucky Cardinal and Aftermath. London: Macmillan & Co., 1901 First English editions. 8vo, pp. xxxii, 286, [2, advertisements], with 48 (including frontispiece) wood-engraved plates. Frontispiece, title and last verso slightly foxed. Original publisher's cloth, richly gilt. The first English editions of these two interesting works by the American novelist James Lane Allen (1849-1925), here handsomely illustrated by Hugh Thomson. First published separately in 1894 and 1895 respectively, they are two parts of the same narrative, concerning Lane Allen's own childhood in Lexington, Kentucky, before and during the American Civil War, and in the Reconstruction period. Ref: 53776
[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
[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
Armstrong, Elizabeth: Ronsard and the Age of Gold. Cambridge at the University Press, 1968. First edition. 8vo., pp. xiv, 213 + plates. Hardback: light brown cloth with spine gilt-titled on dark green label. Top edge green, a little dusting to each edge. Dust-jacket, price-clipped, a few words of flap-blurb made faint by removal of price-sticker, light creasing to edges. Still, a very good copy. Ref: 53568
Banks, Iain M.: Look to Windward. The new Culture novel. London: Orbit, 2000. First edition. 8vo, pp. 357. Minimal toning, else a very good copy. Hardback, black cloth, spine gilt-lettered, dust-jacket, head of spine a little bumped, near invisible traces of adhesive to upper cover, but still very good. Ref: 53540
[Bewick] Tattersfield, Nigel: Thomas Bewick: The Complete Illustrative Work. Volume One: An Account of the Engraving Workshop, its masters and Apprentices; Volume Two:A Descriptive Catalogue of the Primary & Secondary Works & the Principal Larger Prints; Volume Three: Notes, References & Indexes to Volumes Two and Three. London: The British Library, 2011. First edition. 3 volumes, 4to., pp. 392; 948; 240. Includes colour frontispiece to Vol, 1 and copious b/w illustrations to texts of Vols. 1 & 2. Hardback: green cloth. Slipcase. Unused: as new. Ref: 53848show full image..
Boag, John: The Imperial Lexicon of the English Language, exhibiting the pronunciation, etymology, and explanation of every word usually employed in Science, Literature, and Art. Edinburgh, London and Glasgow: A. Fullarton & Co., [c.1853] 2 vols., imperial 8vo, pp. 756, 742 + 79 plates. Plates 10, 34-35, 56-75 misbound, slight browning, spotted or finger-soiled in places. Half calf over cloth boards, rebacked with original spine onlaid, marbled endpapers. Boards rubbed, extremities worn. Manuscript booklabel of Richard B. Reed February 1864 to front pastedowns. Third edition - under a new, very important title - of this English dictionary first published in 1847 as 'A Popular and Complete English Dictionary'. The preface of this new edition, which had the adjective 'imperial' added to the title, celebrated the English language as one 'spoken in every latitude of the globe; it is displacing every older tongue found prevailing in those countries where it has taken root; in a few years it will be the native tongue of more people than the whole of Europe will contain'. O'Neill, Engl.-language dictionaries, B-156; Kennedy 6469. Ref: 53305show full image..
Boothroyd, A. E.: Fascinating Walking Sticks. Bracknell, Berks.: Salix Books, 1970. First edition. 8vo., pp. 206. Brown cloth, gilt title to spine. Boards and contents clean, slight shelf-wear to edges, very good. Dust-jacket sun-faded to spine and portion of upper cover, a little worn and creased to edges otherwise very good. With photographs by Edward Morgan. "Over 280 different sticks illustrated including gun and swordsticks (and) foreword by Sir Gerald Nabarro, M.P." Ref: 53004