With time on our hands during the Coronavirus lockdown, we are reviewing the prices of some of our older stock and adjusting prices of books to ensure that they are the most attractive offering in the marketplace, as it is a reality of the antiquarian market for books that less expensive and mid-level material the trend has been inexorably downward, to the chagrin of booksellers and to the benefit of collectors. Consequently, we have slashed prices anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent of these books we have had listed for five years or more. So we hope that anyone visiting the site might find something that might have become overpriced but now legitimately qualifies as a bargain.
Title The "Bab" Ballads and More "Bab" Ballads (two volume set)[together with] a signed letter by Gilbert
Binding Cloth. Cloth slipcase.
Book Condition Very Good Minus
Publisher London John Camden Hotten and George Routledge and Sons, respectively. Printed by Judd and Glass and Dalziel Brothers/Campden Press, respectively. 1869 and undated, respectively
Seller ID 006483
A short handwritten note by Gilbert dated 6 Feb. 1905, on personal stationary bearing the address, 52, Pont Street, S.W. His handwriting not being the most legible, we can not entirely descipher his message. Of what we can read, there is the following: "Dear Madam . . . I have no ? play? as you describe. Yours faithfully WS Gilbert". (The question marks signify one word we can not make out at all and the following word of which we are not fully certain.) Note that the letter is not mounted in either the volumes. Both volumes: 8vo. 18.5 by 14.5 cm. Matching green cloth, bevelled corners, with gilt lettering and impressed vignette decoration. Bab Ballads: ix, , 14-222,  pp. (No accounting for pages 12/13, as the case with the first printing.) Condition: about one inch of rubbed out, or missing, cloth along lower edge by joint. A few soil spots on its boards, and general light to moderate shelf wear. Other than a few pages within with a slight flattened corner crinkle, clean. More Bab Ballads, N.D., but probably 1872/3. viii, 13-224,  pp. (Also the first of this work had missing pagination, representing what would have been 9-12.) Condition: some rubbing of cloth, and general moderate shelfwear. Reattached text block. Custom cloth slipcase with edgewear, a noticeable ding, but structurally sound. Both volumes have the bookplate of John Francis Neylan mounted onto their FEP. Neylan (1885-1960) was a prominent journalist, attorney and political figure in his day. He served as general counsel to William Randolph Hearst's many businesses, and was a core member of the California Board of Regents for several decades.