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  1. First edition; small 8vo; scattered light foxing, heavier to endpapers; publisher's dark blue pictorial cloth, Art Nouveau illustration to upper board in red, white, and green, red lettering to spine and upper board, edges untrimmed, a very good copy.

    £325
  2. First US edition, first impression, first state; 8vo (190 x 130 mm); slight toning to leaves, light soiling to prelims; publisher's green cloth, gilt lettering to spine and upper cover, light wear to extremities, top edge gilt, some light spotting to publisher's ads and rear endpapers, otherwise a very good example.

    £3,500
  3. First edition, first impression; 8vo; 9 illustrations by Henry Holiday, including frontispiece, with 'baker' for 'banker' on p83, light toning and spotting to prelims, previous owner's signature to half-title; publisher's cream pictorial cloth, spine and extremities slightly darkened, all edges gilt, first issue of An Easter Greeting to Every Child Who Loves 'Alice' and 1928 newspaper clipping from The Times tipped in, overall a very pleasing copy.

    £1,250
  4. First edition in book form, early issue (with 'visiter' for 'sister' on p.u 123, 'latter' for 'letter', p. 160; 'flys' for 'flies', p. 245; 'visiters' for 'visitors', p. 272, 'incontestible' for 'incontestable' p. 297; 'suprise' for 'surpise' p. 586) but only first and second plates with imprint of Chapman and Hall, therefore frontispiece, the third and fourth plates, are second issue (cf. Smith I, 5, p. 42) ; 8vo (215 x 140 mm); half-title, engraved portrait of Dickens after Daniel Maclise (mildly spotted), 39 engraved plates by H.K. Browne [Phiz], bottom of plate opposite p. 25 reinforced at gutter, small hole repair to inner margin of plate opposite p. 322,toning and sporadic spotting to some plates and printed title but compared to most copies, relatively clean and bright; later half tan calf over marbled boards gilt, with matching endpapers and edges, mild wear at commensurate with age, otherwise a very handsome copy.



    some minor toning and a few spots to plates, portrait of Dickens spotted (as usual) with transfer onto title-page opposite, plate 37 ('The breaking up at Dotheby's Hall') bound out of sequence after p. 620, small closed tears to list of plates professionally repaired at outer margin, very small loss to upper corner of pp. 501-502 (not affecting text);

    £1,200
  5. [Text in Greek] First edition, 9 parts in one vol, 4to; title and praefatio in Latin, half-title, index, scattered light foxing; contemporary red morocco gilt, raised bands, gilt stamps to boards, all edges gilt, a fine copy; [6], 1073, [3]pp.

    £375
  6. 17 vols in 13, 4to (250 x 190 mm); wood-engraved plates and illustrations by Barnard, 'Phiz' and others, historiated capital to the first word of each chapter, occasional foxing but in the main confined to some preliminary and terminal leaves and then mostly to some endpapers, in the main, clean and bright; near-contemporary half calf, gilt panelled spines with red and brown morocco labels, very minor rubbing, otherwise near-fine.

    £2,500
  7. First edition, first impression; 2 vols, 8vo; half titles to both volumes, as called for, 2 pp. publisher's ads at the end of vol. I, 16 pp publisher's catalogue at end of vol. II correctly dated June 1857, Wesley's bookbinder's label to rear paste down of the first volume, all primary issue points; publisher's purple cloth, elaborately tooled in blind to all boards, titles to spines gilt, cream coated endpapers, hinges just a little tender, spines inevitably somewhat faded but a stunning copy, entirely unsophisticated condition and a qenuine rarity thus; housed in an early twentieth century red cloth, solander box.

    £7,500
  8. First editions; 2 vols, large 8vo; first title in first issue state with blank street sign to vignette of upper board, all edges gilt, both volumes illustrated throughout by Sidney Paget; publisher's light blue and dark blue cloth gilt respectively, spines very lightly rolled, gilt to spines a little rubbed but a distinctly superior set of the definitional volumes of Holmseian short stories.

    £12,500
  9. 30 volumes (complete); 8vo; variously illustrated in black & white by George Cruikshank, G. Cattermole, Robert Seymour and 'Phiz' (Hablot Knight Browne) and others, varying degrees of foxing to most of the preliminary and terminal pages, occasional spotting elsewhere but in the main, bright; contemporary half calf over cockerel paper covered boards, matching endpapers and all edges similarly marbled, spines with very fine gilt, rubbed at extremities, minor abrasions to some edges, otherwise a very good, original set.

    £2,750
  10. Small 8vo (160 x 110); engraved vignette title-page by Stopford A. Brooke; near-cotemporary full green morocco, inlaid with red carnations to covers, gilt-panelled dentelles, lined in ivory moire, all edges gilt, small, light stain to lower, outer corner of front free lining, with offsetting to following page, otherwise a most handsome volume and internally fine.

    £275
 

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