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  • A Country Muse.

    GALE, Norman R.
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    The second series, of two; the author's first published works.First edition, number 27 of 75 copies on handmade paper, from an overall limitation ...

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  • A Dictionary of the English language:

    JOHNSON, Samuel.
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    A very attractive 18th-century edition of Samuel Johnson's masterpiece, and the most famous dictionary of the English language.Eighth edition, cor...

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  • A Fearful Adversary.

    JILLARD, Peard.
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    A very good first edition set of this scarce Victorian three-decker, in the original publisher's binding. The work seems to defy easy categorisati...

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  • A House of Pomegranates.

    WILDE, Oscar.
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    One of 1000 copies. A sequel to Wilde's previous collection of fairy tales, The Happy Prince and Other Tales, which he wrote for his two sons. Thi...

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  • A Passionate Pilgrim

    JAMES, Henry.
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    A very good first edition example of the first book by Henry James. One of approximately 1500 copies with the correct imprint 'J.R.Osgood & Co...

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  • A provincial glossary;

    GROSE, Francis.
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    Rural life and folklore. An attractive example of the corrected and enlarged second edition of provincial terms and sayings collected by the antiqu...

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  • A Tale of Two Cities.

    DICKENS, Charles.
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    A first issue with p. 213 mispaginated as 113 and signature 'b' on 'List of Plates' leaf and 'affetcionately on p. 134, line 12With one of the mos...

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  • Adam Bede; Mill on the Floss; Silas Mariner; Scenes of Clerical Life; Felix Holt; Romola; Middlemarch; Daniel Deronda.

    ELIOT, George (pseud. EVANS, Marian).
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    The novels of George Eliot. A finely bound set of George Eliot's novels.Eight volumes, 8vo, contemporary tree calf gilt, morocco lettering pieces, ...

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  • Amoris Victima.

    SYMONS, Arthur.
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    A thematically linked series of poems dedicated to a 'typical phase of modern love', apparently.First edition, one of 400 copies; 8vo; foxing to f...

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  • An African Millionaire.

    ALLEN, Grant.
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    The most sought-after of the various novels by prolific writer Grant Allen: 'More successful were the detective stories, written later in his life...

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  • An Anthology of 'Nineties' Verse.

    SYMONS, A.J.A. (compiler).
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    An inscribed first edition of this anthological homage to the eighteen-nineties, compiled by The Quest for Corvo 'biographer' A.J.A. Symons. The b...

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  • Aubrey Beardsley. Inking the 1890s.

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    The most comprehensive collection of the printed works of Aubrey Beardsley ever to be assembled, comprising all the important works in the artist'...

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  • Celebrated Crimes.

    DUMAS, Alexandre; BURNHAM, I.G. (translator).
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    Library edition; 8 volumes, 8vo; illustrated with numerous photogravures after drawings by De Los Rios, Prodhomme, Wagrez and others; contemporary...

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  • Crazy Tales.

    [STEVENSON, John Hall].
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    A poetic satire originally published in 1762, by a notorious friend of Laurence Sterne and author of Makarony Fables (1768).Number 147 of 210 copi...

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  • Curiosities of Detection;

    CURTIS, Robert.
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    A solid copy of a rare and early detective fiction novel, the second volume of what the author referred to as his 'Constabulary Tales'. Listed in...

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  • Diversi Colores.

    HORNE, Herbert P.
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    With a delightful title-page designed by Selwyn Image, reproduced in A.J.A. Symonds' article 'The Typography of the 1890s' in Fleuron, VII, p.118....

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  • Eneakan.

    VIRGIL.
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    Superbly bound example of the first Armenian edition of the Aeneid, with fine provenance. Very rare. This translation of Virgil's immortal epic poe...

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  • English Poems.

    LE GALLIENNE, Richard.
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    An early collection of the poems of this prolific eighteen-nineties writer, perhaps remembered more today for his brief affair with Wilde and thei...

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  • Etrennes des saisons,

    [ALMANACK]. NOUGARET [Pierre Jean Baptiste, editor].
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    An attractive 18th century French almanack. The gilt device to the covers incorporates cartographic & astronomic elements, presumably emblemat...

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  • Frozen Hearts.

    APPLETON, G[eorge] Webb.
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    Rare three-decker. An very good three-decker first edition of this Hubin-listed Victorian novel. This work would probably be best classified as a ...

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  • Garde Joyeuse.

    WHITE, Gleeson (editor).
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    A very well-preserved example of this uncommon large paper edition, part of the Moray Library series. Gleeson White (1851-98) was a prolific playe...

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  • Hilda Wade.

    ALLEN, Grant.
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    After working on the Gazetteer of India in the early 1880s, Grant Allen turned his attention to fiction, publishing more than thirty books between...

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  • Just So Stories

    KIPLING, Rudyard.
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    A handsome binding of this perennial favourite of children's literature.8vo; illustrations by the author; contemporary full chestnut morocco by Ha...

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