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"State Caterpillars, or Members of the Plot Club." [together with] An Account of the Proceedings Against Her Majesty Queen Caroline . . . Bound Collection of Caricature Cards Inspired by the Divorce Trial of George the Fourth and Queen Caroline
1 "State Caterpillars, or Members of the Plot Club." [together with] An Account of the Proceedings Against Her Majesty Queen Caroline . . . Bound Collection of Caricature Cards Inspired by the Divorce Trial of George the Fourth and Queen Caroline
London J. Turner 1820 Full Sprinkled Sheep Near Fine 
The principal item in this set is a bound collection of 24 hand-colored caricature cards that were inspired by the divorce proceedings brought by George the Fourth against his wife, Queen Caroline. The trial and its ignominious lead-up of libels, charges and counter-charges, was a scandal of the day that today would have produced endless fodder for the tabloids and would certainly now be dubbed, "the trial of the century" or "the divorce of the century." Because it involved the king, the trial was held in the House of Lords, which ultimately rebuffed the king's petition. Caroline, though, passed away in xxx shortly after the trial. The divorce was 
Price: 4000.00 USD
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2 Kidd's Fashionable Library; or Mirror of Ton. Interspersed with Numerous Original Anecdotes of Popular Characters. Included are "The Book of Fashion", "The Book of Gentility", "The Book of Elegance", "The Book of Refinement", "The Lovers' Own Book", and "The Book of Courtship"
London W. Kidd Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Slader, S. and others, from the designs of Cruikshank, Seymour and Bonner 
Book. 16mo - over 5 - 6" tall. Undated, circa 1830. Xrare, with only two copies turning up on OCLC Worldcat. With frontis plate and woodcut illustrations, two per section (with title and as tail piece at end). 36, 47, 36, 49, 32, 54 pp. In essence, six smaller books or pamphlets bound together, although it appears that these may have been originally issued as a single volume. Actual authorship of each installment is not given, but pseudonymous authors are One of "The Exclusives", A Member of "The Beef-Steak Club", A Lover of Nature, One of the Cognescenti, Amator, and Amicus Juventutis, respectively, with two of the sections, such as the first, Book of Fashion, supposedly "A Digest of the Axioms of the Celebrated Joseph Brummell, Esq." As the titles suggest, this is a mostly tongue-in-cheek etiquette primer as well as a wry send-up of the manners, mores and customs of fashionable society in Regency England. Tight, with some minor wear to red morocco. Interior clean. An attractive copy of a very scarce work. 
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Nature and Art (2 Volumes Bound in one)
3 Nature and Art (2 Volumes Bound in one)
London Day and Son, Limited Hardcover Very Good Plus 
Book. 1866 and 1867, 2 volume publication bound in one. These were the only two issues of the publication. iv, 252, iv, 196 pp. Over 50 color chromolithographs, missing frontis chromo to 1866 volume. The main point of this publication was to demonstrate the potential for the new form of color printing, chromolithography. The diverse range of articles thus facilitated the rendering of a similarly broad range of illustration: botanical, zoological, travel related, decorative arts, etc. Also, some of the illustrations are similar or the same of ones found in other publications, such as the plate of chickens for an article by W. B. Tegetmeier who also did a much sought after plate book on poultry. Other than the one missing plate, this copy is in near fine condition. It is tight and clean, with quarter buckram over marbled boards for the binding and the wrap covers (title pages) bound in. Some minor wear to the binding. 
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4 The Courtship, Merry Marriage and Pic-nic Dinner of Cock Robin and Jenny Wren, to which is Added the Doleful Death of the Bridegroom
London Griffith and Farran Wraps Near Fine 
N.d., circa 1860. 8vo, 16 pp. 6.75 by 4.5 inches, or 17 by 11 cm. All pages with illustration and verse below, and back of leaves left blank. Classic ornithological romance and pathos, here simply yet effectively illustrated with light hand-coloring. Some soiling or darkening of covers. Quite clean inside, with linen backing of leaves undoubtedly helping avert chipping and the like. 
Price: 235.00 USD
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5 The Poetical Works of Shakespeare. With the Life of the Author. Cooke's Edition. Embellished with Superb Engravings.
London C. Cooke 1797 
12mo, 215 pp. With frontis portrait of Shakespeare, copper engraving on title, two other plates, and some tail-piece ornamentation. Poems include "Venus and Adonis", "Rape of Lucrece", the Sonnets, "Passionate Pilgrim", and "A Lover's Complaint". Age toned leaves, some foxing of plates but little on text pages. Tight binding. Crack of outer hinge along front gutter. Full contemporary calf cracked, especially on spine. 
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6 (Rackham, Arthur), Charles and Mary Lamb Tales from Shakespeare
London and New York J.M. Dent and E. P. Dutton 1909 First Limited Deluxe Edition Full Morocco Fine 
Signed Limited Deluxe Large Paper Edition, number 520 of 750, with extra tipped-in color plate, making a full complement of 13 color plates in addition to numerous black and white illustrations. The Rackham illustrations are an exquisite complement to the Lambs' condensations which so effectively served the 20 stories distilled from Shakespeares' plays. Latimore and Haskell 33-4, 12-3. Riall 90, 32. 4to, wit distinctive period style full dark green morocco and gilt binding, with raised bands on spine. The binding is simply exceptional. 
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The Comic History of England (2 volumes), A'Beckett, Gilbert A.
7 A'Beckett, Gilbert A. The Comic History of England (2 volumes)
London Bradbury, Agnew & Co. Decorated Cloth Good Leech, John 
4to - over 9. Book. Contains bookplates of teh wife of Lord Curzon (the Marchioness Curzon of Kedleston), who was the viceroy of India. She was the second wife, married in 1917. he was made a Marquess in 1921. 20 handcolored steel engravings (full page plates) and many other illustrations. Considerable shelfwear to decorated boards, with corners rubbed, some chipping to spine tips, etc. Writing and picture on boards fairly bright. Inside, some scattered foxing, with most pages clean. Both volumes with weak front inner hinges. Volume 1 preliminary pages detached and need to be tipped in. Overall, good. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Old Inns, Aldin, Cecil
8 Aldin, Cecil Old Inns
London William Heinemann 1921 Limited First Edition Vellum (3/4) Very Good Aldin, Cecil 
4to - over 9. Book. Large paper edition, signed by author/illustrator, # 177 of 380. 16 tipped in color plates, many black and white drawings as well. viii + 149 pp. Interior very clean, crisp, fine. Vellum spine has tear on lower front, about 2", and similar upper rear. Lightly bumped corners. Some other minor shelfwear. Overall, very good. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Shakespeare's Seven Ages of Man, Alken, Henry; Shakespeare, William
9 Alken, Henry; Shakespeare, William Shakespeare's Seven Ages of Man
London E. & Co. McLean 1824 First Edition Three-Quarter Morocco Fine Alken, Henry 
Oblong 14 By 10 Inches. Book. Extremely rare collection of brilliantly handcolored Henry Alken light-hearted plates depicting Shakespeare's seven ages of man: "The Infant", "The School-Boy", "The Soldier", "The Lover", "The Justice", "The Sixth Age", "The Last Scene of All". The leather has some wear along the edges and corners. Binding is tight. Seven plates clean, with just the tiniest smidgen of soilage on two on the lower left, in neither case coming close to the picture itself. All tissues preserved, with minor short tear on just one. Please note that there is no title page or text to this volume, but there are plenty of extra heavy stock sheets before and after the plates. 
Price: 2800.00 USD
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10 Allen, B. Sprague Tides In English Taste (1610 -1800): A Background for the Study of Literature (2 volumes)
Cambridge, MA Harvard University Press 1937 First Edition Cloth Very Good 
Book. xvii + 269 + viii + 282 pp. With photo plate illustrations (in black and white). Some light foxing in prelims and final pages, and some minor instances elsewhere. Generally text clean. Bindings tight. Slight bumping of lower corner and small ding along edge. Overall very good copy. Excellent synthesis of culture, decorative arts, philosophy and literature. Unique work. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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11 An Old School Boy [Thomas Hughes] School Days at Rugby [Tom Brown's School Days at Rugby]
Boston Ticknor and Field 1860 Blindstamped cloth Very Good 
8vo, viii, 405 pp. Later early edition. A handsome bron blindstamped copy, clean and tight inside, with slight cocking of the spine and light edgewear and the like. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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12 Apperley, Charles James [Nimrod] The Life of a Sportsman, with Thirty-Six Coloured Illustrations By Henry Alken
London Rudolph Ackermann, Eclipse Sporting Gallery 1842 First Edition, First Printing Full morocco Fine Alken, Henry 
Book. viii, 402 pp. Emblematic title-page and 36 plates, all hand-colored aquatint engravings after designs by Henry Alken. With original blue cloth binding bound in. 9.75 by 6.5 inches. 25 by 16 cm. 4to. Full crushed morocco, spine richly lettered and decorated in gilt between five gilt-ruled raised bands, covers triple-gilt-ruled, edges gilt-rolled, gilt dentelles, all edges gilt; bound by Ratcharge (?) of Picadilly. Four of the early plates printed on India paper and mounted on plate paper. Tooley states: "Considered by many to be the premier coloured plate sporting book in the 19th century, by others as sharing this honour with Jorrocks's Jaunts." The plates are indeed brilliantly rendered and colored. Ads have been excised. Podeschi 167; Schwerdt, I, p. 37; Tooley 65. The lightest of foxing in front and back. Mostly clean, crisp, tight, with binding especially lustrous. 
Price: 3500.00 USD
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13 Apuleius. Thomas Taylor The Fable of Cupid and Psyche, Translated from the Latin of Apuleius: To Which are Added, A Poetical Paraphrase on the Speech of Diotima, in the Banquet of Plate; Four Hymns, &c. &c. With an Introduction, In Which the Meaning of the Fable is Unfolded.
London Printed for the Author, and Sold by Leigh and Sotheby 1795 First Edition Thus Quarter Moroccco Very Good 
8vo. xvii, 152 pp. Quite a scarce version in book form, with no institutional copies found on Worldcat in the U.S. Brown morocco of spine is fairly heavily scuffed, cracked and rubbed. New endpapers. Text pages, of a nice rag content, have expected toning, and a few leaves have edge staining and finger smudging. Overall the leaves are handsome and clean. 
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The Hill of Dreams, Arthur Machen
14 Arthur Machen The Hill of Dreams
London Martin Secker 1922 Hardcover Very Good 
Book. 8vo - over 7 - 9" tall. 309, [2] pp. Machen's masterpiece. Tiny fray along top gutter. Minor soilage to black boards. Clean and tight. Name inscribed on endpapers. A very good copy or better. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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15 Bainbridge, Beryl According to Queeney
New York Carroll & Graf Publishers 2001 07867077739 First American edition Like new. Like new. Jacket 
Like new in all respects. 
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16 Bainbridge, Beryl Master Georgie
New York Carroll & Graf Publishers 1998 0786705639 / 9780786705634 First American edition Like new. Like new. Jacket 
Like new in all respects, other than some dust-like spots on rear DJ that were probably always present. 
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Studio Plays:  Three Experiments in Dramatic Form, Bax, Clifford
17 Bax, Clifford Studio Plays: Three Experiments in Dramatic Form
London Cecil Palmer 1924 First Limited Edition Decorated Cloth Fine Fine Jacket Mullock, Dorothy 
4to - over 9. Book. Limited edition, #91 of 250 signed by author and designer (Bax and Mullock). With designs for costumes and one scene by Dorothy Mullock. Three short plays: "Prelude and Fugue", "The Rose and the Cross", and "The Cloak". 10 color plate illustrations in a streamlined Barbier style. Also drawing of this type on cover. Minor toning to boards and DJ. Slight chip and/or wear to upper DJ edge. DJ protected with mylar. Overall, fine, fine. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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The Maides Tragedy, Beaumont, Francis and John Fletcher
18 Beaumont, Francis and John Fletcher The Maides Tragedy
New York Cheshire House 1932 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good+ Bone, Freda 
Book. 4to - over 9 - 12" tall. viii, 147, [1] pp. Limited first edition, No. 1065 of 1200. Quarter leather over marbled boards. Introduction by Christopher Morley. Type by Richard Ellis. Five wood engravings by Freda Bone. Other than some scuffing of spine, this would be a fine copy. Tight and clean. 
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The Comic History of Rome, Beckett, Gilbert Abbott a
19 Beckett, Gilbert Abbott a The Comic History of Rome
London Bradbury, Agnew & Co. 1850 Full morocco Very Good Leech, John 
8vo - over 7. Book. Undated, circa 1850s probably. 10 handcolored plates and many text wood engravings. xii + 308 pp. Spine decoration a little tired or faded, boards brighter. Pages clean, binding tight. A classic of satiric history, with great Leech drawings. 
Price: 295.00 USD
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20 Bedford, Sybille A Favourite of the Gods
New York Simon & Schuster 1963 First Edition Very Good Plus 
Clean copy with slight soiling of spine. No DJ. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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