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1. [ANON.]. THE THESPIAN DICTIONARY; or, dramatic biography of the

eighteenth century; containing sketches of the lives, productions, &c. of all the
principal managers, dramatists, composers, commentators, actors, and
actresses, of the United Kingdom: interspersed with several original
anecdotes; and forming a concise history of the English stage. London, by J.
Cundee for T. Hurst, 1802.
8vo, pp. [276], + 7 plates of actors and actresses, tipped-in postcard of Old Sadlers
Wells added at start; pencil annotations to rear endpaper; a few stains otherwise a good
copy in contemporary calf, double gilt fillet and blind-rolled border, flat spine gilt, with
morocco lettering piece; upper board detached, a little rubbed at extremities; ownership
and purchase inscriptions to front endpapers, signature of Mrs. Craigie of Linton to

First edition. The work expounds the careers of celebrated actors and actresses,
playwrights, composers, etc. of the time. The eighteenth century was something of a
golden age for the theatre, a renaissance following Puritan restrictions during much of
the seventeenth. Perhaps best known is the Theatre Royal at Drury Lane, London,
which saw great performances from the likes of legendary Shakespearean David
Garrick. The Dictionary is necessarily selective; the most insignificant [thespians] are,
in justice to their demerits, consigned to oblivion (the advertisement).

2. [ANONYMOUS]. A visit to the Bazaar... London, for Harris & Son, 1820.
16mo, pp. [2], 92; 32 full-page plates; lightly toned and foxed, dampstain to a few
leaves; still a fair copy in contemporary red quarter-roan over marbled boards, flat
spine gilt-ruled; edges speckled blue; joints and corners worn, spine chipped at head
and foot; signature of Arthur Loveday to front paste-down.
Third edition (first, 1818). A childrens book, recounting a trip to the Soho bazaar, a
most respectable institution, founded by John Trotter to provide a source of
maintenance to the bereaved womenfolk of Napoleonic soldiers. A light-hearted look
at 19th century consumerism, examining the eclectic and exotic wares proffered by the
bazaar, with a moral undertone of honest trading.
Opie B336


3. BLOOMFIELD, Robert. Rural Tales, Ballads, and Songs. London, for

Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown [et al.], 1815.
12mo, pp. [8], 124; with 11 half-page engraved vignettes by Thomas Bewick; a few
small marks; a good copy in contemporary half-roan over marbled boards, flat spine
gilt; extremities worn; signature of J. M. Fisher to front endpaper, and of the Rev.
William Jordan to front paste-down.
Eighth edition (first, 1802). The Rural Tales followed the sensational success of
Bloomfields Farmers Boy (1800). The Rural Tales are shorter and more metrically
varied than the preceding work, mostly vignettes and lyrics depicting the joys and
vicissitudes of rural life and the folk ways of villagers (ODNB). The poems are
complemented with vignettes from Thomas Bewick, who had begun his collaboration
with Bloomfield in the Rural Tales and is best-known for his History of British Birds


4. BLOOMFIELD, Robert. Wild Flowers; or, pastoral and local poetry.

London, for Vernor, Hood, and Sharp [et al.], 1806.
8vo, pp. [10], 132; 8 full-page engravings by Luke Clennell and Allen Branston; a few
small marks, offsetting from binding to first and last leaves, some pages marked with
red ink from edges; a fair copy in near-contemporary black half-morocco over pebblegrained cloth, title gilt to spine; extremities lightly worn.
First edition. The Wild Flowers continues the pastoral theme at which Bloomfield
specialised. The poignant dedication is addressed to Bloomfields only son, Charles, in
which the poet expresses his parental anxieties for the future of his lame child, whilst
reiterating the love felt towards him.

5. [BRONT, Anne]. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. By Acton Bell. London,

Smith, Elder and Co., 1859.
[Bound with:]
SAVAGE, Marmion Wilme. The Falcon Family; or, Young Ireland. London,
Chapman and Hall, 1854.
Two works bound as one; 8vo, pp. 472; [4] 316; occasional foxing, some corners
creased, otherwise a very good copy in contemporary half-calf over marbled boards,
spine with raised gilt bands and morocco lettering-piece, marbled edges; front internal
hinge broken; bookplate of James Grahame to front paste-down and his signature to
title-page in ink.
New edition (first, 1848), The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is Bronts second and final
novel. Having witnessed the decline of her brother Branwell into drink and drugs, Anne
used the preface of the second edition of the book to defend the books realistic
representation of vice and vicious characters as the best method of warning
inexperienced youth to avoid the snares and pitfalls of life (ODNB).
Cheap edition of Savages first novel, first published in 1847. Savage (18041872)
was known for his satiric tone, classical learning, and knowledge of native Irish lore.
For Paralee Norman, the Falcons serve as Savages metaphor for the Anglo-Irish. The
novel presents a stark political warning to sponging governors and accidental
supporters, but the young Irelanders (Savage coining the term) and tractarians are
disparaged (ODNB).


6. BROOME, William. Poems on several occasions. London, Henry Lintot,

8vo, pp. xxiii, [I] advertisement, 280, with engraved frontispiece portrait; tear to
frontispiece (repaired), occasional marginal ink annotation; a very good copy in
contemporary sheep, panelled spine with red morocco lettering-piece; rebacked, lightly
worn; ink annotation frontispiece recto.
Re-issue of the 1739 second, enlarged edition, (first, 1727), with a new dedication to
Charles, Lord Townshend. The volume is a collection of original poetry, biblical
paraphrase and translations from Horace, Homer, and Hesiod. Among the new material
is an elegy to Broomes friend and fellow translator Elijah Fenton.
Broome (1689-1745), an accomplished Greek scholar and a ready versifier, was
educated at Eton and Cambridge, where his translations from the Iliad in the style of
Milton (included here) first brought him to Popes attention. Pope employed him in the
arduous task of extracting critical material for the notes to his Iliad; for Popes Odyssey
Broome not only provided all the notes but actually translated eight books. Broome
came to resent Popes refusal to acknowledge his contributions adequately in print, and
relations deteriorated until Pope attacked him in Peri Bathous and the Dunciad. Here
there are two poems addressed to Pope before the falling out, but also the pointed note
that The Author has not inserted into this Collection any part of his Translation of the
eight books of the Odyssey, published by Mr. Pope, a deliberate reminder to readers of
his still-unacknowledged work.
Foxon, p. 88 (2nd edition).


7. BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. English bards, and Scotch reviewers;
a satire... London, James Cawthorn, 1810.
8vo, pp. v, [1], 84, [1], [3] publishers advertisements; untrimmed; toned, a little
foxing; a good copy in contemporary paper boards; lightly soiled, some losses to
overlaid paper spine.
Third authorised edition, (first, 1809). A variant of Wises authorised edition
(Kohler). Byrons first major poem, (ODNB) a satire, with explanatory, and often
acerbic, footnotes by Byron:
But who forgives the Seniors ceaseless verse,
Whose hairs grow hoary as his rhymes grow worse?
What heterogeneous honours deck the Peer?
Lord, rhymester, petit-matre, pamphleteer*!
The Earl of Carlisle has lately published an eighteen penny pamphlet on the state of the
Stage, and offers his plan for building a new theatre; it is to be hoped his Lordship will
be permitted to bring forward any thing for the Stage, except his own tragedies.
Kohler 13; Randolph p. 16 Scarcer than the first edition; Wise, p.24..

8. BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Marino Faliero, Doge of Venice. An

historical tragedy, in five acts. With notes. The prophecy of Dante, a poem.
London, John Murray, 1821.
8vo, pp. xxi, [1], 261, [1]; without the half-title; lightly toned and foxed, short tear to
pp. ix-x, repaired, touching a few letters; a good copy in half-calf over marbled boards,
spine with raised gilt bands, panels blind-stamped to a floral design; joints and corners
very lightly worn.
Second edition. Two issues of the first edition were published by Murray earlier in the
same year.
Kohler 194.

9. BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. The Prisoner of Chillon, and other
poems London, John Murray, 1816.
8vo, pp. [2], 60, [1] blank, [5] advertisements; a few small marks; a very good copy in
later limp black morocco, title gilt to upper board, inner dentelles and edges gilt. 250
First edition, first issue of Byrons 392-line narrative poem. The Prisoner tells the
story of the incarceration of Franois Bonivard, a monk imprisoned in Chillon castle,
on Lake Geneva, from 1532-1536.
Kohler 122.


10. BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Sardanapalus, a tragedy. The two
Foscari, a tragedy. Cain, a mystery. London, John Murray, 1821.
8vo, pp. viii, 439, [1]; foxed; a good copy in contemporary half-roan over paper boards,
panelled spine gilt; extremities and boards lightly worn; contemporary annotation Vol
5 Byrons Works to fly.
First edition, the issue with the reading Sardanapalus on the fly-title B1. A variant,
priority not established, reads Sardanapalus / A Tragedy (Randolph).
Sardanapalus develops the life of the (possibly fictional) Ctesian Assyrian King, who,
legendarily decadent, when under siege in Ninevah preferred to burn himself and all he
possessed rather than be taken by the Medes.
The most splendid specimen our language affords of that species of tragedy which
was the exclusive object of Lord Byrons admiration (Lake).
Randolph, p. 75; Stratman 847; Wise II, pp. 32-3.



11. BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. The Siege of Corinth. A Poem.
Parisina. A Poem. London, John Murray, 1816.
8vo, pp. [4], 89, [3], [2] advertisements; lightly toned and foxed; a good copy in
twentieth century quarter cloth over marbled boards by John Durham & Son; signature
in ink to half-title.
First edition, describing a key battle of the Ottoman conquest of Greece in the seventh
Ottoman-Venetian war, which witnessed the tragic massacre of most of the Venetian
garrison as well as the inhabitants of the citadel. The story came full circle when, in
1823, Byron fought in the Greek War of Independence, struggling to reclaim Greece
from the Ottomans of his poem.
Kohler 115, Lowndes 339, Randolph 55, Wise I,107.




12. BYSSHE, Edward. The art of English poetry. Containing I. Rules for
making verses. II. A collection of the most natural, agreeable, and sublime
thoughts, viz. allusions, similes, descriptions and characters, of persons and
things; that are to be found in the best English poets. III. A dictionary of
rhymes London, Samuel Buckley, 1708.
Three parts in one volume, 8vo, pp. [12], 36, [2], 482, viii, 36; toned, a little foxing, a
few small marks, printers device excised from the half-title of the second part, with
loss to a few words of the list of abbreviated authors names and Horatian motto; a
good copy in contemporary speckled calf; panelled spine; extremities worn, spine
chipped at head; contemporary signature of and annotations by Rebeccah Wilson to
Third edition, with large improvements (first, 1702). Quoting from perennial
favourites such as Shakespeare, Milton and Donne, Bysshes popular work sets out the
choicest morsels of English verse in an attempt to cultivate juvenile tastes.
Case 225 (c).


13. [COMBE, William]. The tour of Dr. Syntax, in search of the picturesquein
search of consolation in search of a wife. A poem. London, R. Ackermann,
[1812, 1820, 1821].
3 vols, 4to, pp. iii, [3], 275, [1, blank]; [6], 277, [1, blank]; [4], 279, [1, blank], with 80
hand-coloured aquatints; minor repairs to some leaves and plates, otherwise a fine copy
in full red morocco gilt by Riviere; edges and inner dentelles gilt; very faint annotation
to recto of frontispiece vol. 1.
First editions, individually issued in 1812, 1820 and 1821. Written as a parody of the
prevailing mode for travel books, the works, following the fortunes of a clergyman and
a priest with text by William Combe and caricature-style illustrations by Thomas
Rowlandson, were an instant success, and were much imitated, as indicated by the
preface to volume three in which Combe writes:
And I, surely, have no reason to be dissatisfied, when Time points at my eightieth
Year, that I can still afford some pleasure to those who are disposed to be pleased.
The tour of Doctor Syntax is Combes most famous work: Combining light-hearted
satire of William Gilpin's theory of the picturesque in art with a central character
modelled on Cervantes Don Quixote and Henry Fieldings Parson Adams, Combe
created a lovable eccentric whose misadventures on the road structure the Tour. For
over a century the many editions and numerous imitations of the Tour attested to the
popularity of Combes humorous hero (ODNB).
Abbey (Life) 265-7. Tooley 427-9. Ray 34.



14. CONGREVE, William. The works of Mr. William Congreve: in three

volumes. Consisting of his plays and poems. London, J. Tonson, 1730.
3 vols., 8vo, pp. [26], 272, [6]; 283, [5]; 382, [2]; light toning, otherwise a very good
copy in contemporary panelled calf, double gilt fillet border; panelled spines with gilttooling and lettering pieces; extremities lightly worn, joints cracked but holding. 400
Fifth edition of Congreves complete works. Included are comedies, various poetic
compositions, attempts at masque and opera as well as a tragedy, The Mourning Bride
(the source of the famous misquotation, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned). The
first three-volume collected edition of Congreves works had been published in 1710.
Congreve was a member of the Kit-Cat Club, which brought together some of the
leading thinkers of his day, united under Whiggish political leanings. A late proponent
of Restoration comedy, Congreve was renowned for his wit and acute insight into the
social mores of his day.



15. CONGREVE, William. The works of Mr. William Congreve. In three

volumes. Consisting of his plays and poems. Birmingham, John Baskerville,
Three vols, Large 8vo, pp. [24], 360; [10], 516; [8], 514, [2], + 5 full-page etchings;
occasional light foxing, heavier to the start of volume one, light off-setting from
engraved plates and bookplates, marginal wormtrail to volume three, some toning; still
a good set in contemporary sheep, panelled spines gilt, red morocco labels, edges
speckled red; bindings worn, joints cracked; armorial bookplates of James Marshall to
front pastedowns.
First Baskerville edition.



16. [CRUIKSHANK, George, later MAYHEW, Horrace, ed.] The Comic

Almanack. London, David Bogue, 1835-50, 1852-3.
18 vols., 8vo; numerous plates throughout; lightly toned, a little offsetting from plates,
a few small marks; some unopened pages; good copies in near-contemporary red half
red-morocco over marbled boards, flat spines with gold pattern and lettered in gilt; a
little light wear; pictorial bookplates of W. Bourke Cockran to front pastedowns.
First editions, the complete run save 1851. Handsomely bound.
Profusely illustrated with illustrations by Cruikshank (later in partnership with Henry
George Hine), the series is a comic almanac, issued annually, comprising jokes,
poems, stories, lampoons, and full-page plates representing monthly events (ODNB).
Over its twenty-year run, the Almanack had various publishers and editors, including
Horace Mayhew, Charles Tilt and David Bogue. The text displays a winning
combination of charming period detail and quirky yet timeless humour:
To Let: The Palms, Peckham. Delightful Family Residence to be let
immediately, consisting of six rooms (all snake-proof), flat roof, with verandah,
capable of making up five beds, stable for two camels, hippopotamus sty,
ostrichry, slave shed, and the usual offices. Apply personally to Mr. Jukes, 14,
Chancery Lane, any morning before sunrise. (p. 36, Almanack 1853).
Gardening operations.
Now is the time to force your cucumbers; but if they will not come by being
forced, try what can be done by persuasion. All your efforts will be useless, if
the cucumber themselves are not in the right frame. (p. 12, Almanack 1844).
Cohn 184. Patten, George Cruikshank, II, p. 9.





17. DE LA MARE, Walter. Rupert Brooke and the intellectual imagination. A

lecture. London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1919.
8vo, pp. [2] blank, 41, [1] blank; a good copy in paper boards; two newspaper
obituaries of Brooke pasted to front endpapers; a little light wear.
First edition. From a lecture read before Rugby School on the evening of 27th March
18. DICKENS, Charles. The cricket on the hearth. A fairy tale of home
London, Bradbury and Evans, 1846.
8vo, pp. [8], 174, [2] advertisements; decorative frontispiece, title, and drawings within
the text by G Dalziel after D. Maclise; a good copy in the original publishers embossed
cloth, central gilt vignette of the cricket on the hearth, title gilt to spine, all edges gilt;
contemporary presentation inscription to Alexander Campbell to fly.
Third edition, first published in the same year. Simultaneously issued as both the
present novella and a play in collaboration with Albert Smith and staged at the Lyceum,
The Cricket is the third of Dickens five Christmas Books, and in the years immediately
after publication it was broadly hailed as superior to the now better-known Christmas
Eckel, p.119; Podeschi A92; Smith II pp 37-43.



19. [ENGLISH VERSE]. 1709-1715.

Four works in one, 8vo, pp. [18], 60, [4] index, [10], 52, [2] advertisements, 48, [2], 52,
[4] advertisements, each work with an engraved frontispiece, Gay with six engraved
plates, Popes Rape of the lock with five full-page engravings (included in pagination),
several metalcut head- and tail-pieces and initials; lightly toned, but still very good
copies in contemporary calf, binding defective, lacking upper board.
The miscellany comprises:
GAY, John. The shepherds week. In six pastorals. The second edition. London,
J.[acob] T. [onson], 1714.
A reissue of the sheets of the first edition, published earlier in the same year, with a
new title-page.
Foxon G71.

POPE, Alexander. The rape of the lock. An heroi-comical poem. In five cantos
London, Bernard Lintott, 1715.
Fourth edition. The first edition of the poem in this five-canto shape had appeared in
1714, preceded by a two-canto version in 1712.
Foxon P946; Griffith 43.

[PHILIPS, John.] Cyder. A poem. In two books. With the splendid shilling;
Paradise Lost, and two songs, &c. London, H. Hills, 1709.
Early edition of Philips best work, a black verse poem on cider-making and the virtues
of cider written in imitation of Virgils Georgics, first published in 1708 to great
acclaim. In this edition, signature A3 is printed under and oft.
Foxon P241.

POPE, Alexander. The temple of fame: a vision London, Bernard Lintott, 1715.
Second edition, published in the same year as the first, of Popes Temple of fame, an
allegorical poem the inspiration of which Pope declares in the Advertisement: The
Hint of the following Piece was taken from Chaucers House of Fame. The Design is in
a manner entirely alterd, the Descriptions and most of the particular Thought my own:
Yet I could not suffer it to be printed without this Acknowledgment, or think a
Concealment of this Nature the less unfair for being common. The Reader who would
compare this with Chaucer, may begin with his Third Book of Fame, there being
nothing in the Two first Books that answers to their Title. Allegory itself as a rightful,
millennial tool of poetics is the subject of the final excusatio, an apology designed to
reinstate classical rhetoric figures, attacked as unnatural contrivances by a faint but
growing naturalistic outlook on art, within the realm of poetry.
Griffith 45.


20. FIELDING, Henry. The works of Henry Fielding, Esq. With an essay on
his life and genius, by Arthur Murphy, Esq. London, J. Johnson, 1806.
10 volumes, 8vo, pp. [4], 500, with frontispiece portrait; [4], 480; [4], 550, [2] blank;
[4], 463, [1] blank; [4], 428; [4], 554; 538; [4], 480; [8], 431, [1] blank; [4], 467, [1]
blank; silk bookmarks to all volumes; a few small marks, light scuffing at foot of K2 of
vol. IV, text affected but sense recoverable; a nice set in contemporary tree calf, gilt
borders; spines with gilt-tooling and contrasting lettering pieces, a few with some small
losses, some joints cracked; spine of vol. X heavily worn.
A new edition. The essay on his life and genius was first included in the 1762
second edition.

21. [FRAZER, James George, Sir]. Selected passages from his works. Chosen
by Georges Roth. Paris, Libraire Hatier, [1924].
8vo, pp. 64; lightly toned, small mark to title; a good copy in quarter-cloth over
marbled boards; presentation copy, with To Louis Clarke with kindest regards from J.
G. Frazer inscribed in ink to title-page.
First edition. A bipartite work composed of Glimpses of Ancient Lands and History,
and Literary Pieces, including the touching Dream of Cambridge in which Frazer is
transported back to his youth and to the company of a now long-deceased friend. The
pieces have been selected by Roth from Frazers various publications and writings.
22. GAWSWORTH, John.
London, Collins, 1943.

Legacy to love.

Selected poems 1931-1941.

8vo, pp. 80, with frontispiece portrait; a very good copy in the original publishers
green cloth with the original dust-jacket; extremities a little worn with small losses to
one corner and head and tail of spine; with an annotated publishers review slip. 25
First and only edition. John Gawsworth was the pseudonym of Terrence Ian Fitton
Armstrong. Armstrong is better known as King Juan I of Rodonda, a literary kingdom,
which he inherited from the author M. P. Shiel, along with the rights to his literary
estate. The publisher Jon Wynne-Tyson, (aka King Juan II), considered the bizarre
succession to be a pleasing and eccentric fairy tale; a piece of literary mythology to
be taken with salt, romantic sighs, appropriate perplexity, some amusement, but without
great seriousness. It is, after all, a fantasy.




23. GAY, John. Fables. In two volumes. [Vol 1]. London, for J. Tonson and J.
Watts, 1729; [vol. 2] London, for J. and P. Knapton, 1738.
2 vols; 8vo, pp. [8], 194; [8], 156; engraved title-page vignette, and 50 half-page
engravings to vol. 1, decorative tail-pieces; engraved frontispiece and title-page
vignette and 16 engraved plates to vol. 2; tear with loss of a single letter of the running
title to pp. 79-80 of vol. 2., bookplates removed from the title-page versos of both
volumes, with small losses to the blank margins only; a very good set in later half-calf
over pebbled cloth, all edges red, red shelfmark sticker to top of vol 1; panelled spines
with raised bands, green morocco lettering pieces, extremities lightly worn.
Third edition of vol. I, first edition of vol. II. John Gay, best-known for his drama The
Beggars Opera, was adept at a wide range of literary genres and was a member of the
Scriblerus club, alongside titans such as Swift and Pope. It was the latter who published
the second book of Fables posthumously, following the authors death in 1738. The
first volume, of fifty fables, was first published in 1727; as a testament to the works
enduring popularity, it has seen some 350 editions to 1900. The Oxford DNB remarks
that the work relies less on ironic wit than on their anthropomorphic and proverbial
charm. The second book of Fables, Gays last work, sees the author taking on a more
political approach: in these last Fables corrupt ministers, their pimps, spies and
placemen, are usually exposed and vanquished (ODNB).



24. GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield. Perth, R. Morison and Son,
8vo, pp. [2], iv, 145, [1] blank; occasional foxing, otherwise a good copy in
contemporary tree calf, gilt-panelled spine with contrasting lettering pieces; armorial
bookplate to front pastedown.
Handsome later edition of one of the most read 18th-century novels, widely cited in
contemporary literature, including by George Eliot, Austen, Dickens, Shelley and
Charlotte Bront. Often regarded as sentimental novel, sometimes as a satire of the
sentimental novel, The Vicar is Goldsmiths most famous work. Complete in itself, this
volume is the 3rd volume of Morisons seven-volume Miscellaneous Works of Oliver
Offered with volumes 4, 5, 6, & 7, including Citizen of the World: letters from a
Chinese philosopher, residing in London, to his friends in the East; Poems for Young
Ladies, The Good-Naturd Man, and She Stoops to Conquer, uniformly bound.

25. HAZLITT, William. Literary Remains with a notice of his life by his
son, and thoughts on his genius and writings by E. L. Bulwer, Esq, M.P. and
Mr Sargeant Talfourd, M.P. In two Volumes. London, Saunders and Otley
2 vols., 8vo, pp. [8], cxli, [1], 362; [6], 468; with the engraved frontispiece portrait after
Bewick in volume 1; lacking advertisements in volume 2 but complete with both halftitles; occasional light browning throughout, otherwise a good copy in half-calf over
marbled boards; spine elegantly gilt; extremities worn; bookplate of Cornelius Walford,
F. S. S. on the front pastedown of volume 1.
First edition, comprising twenty-two essays. Essay XIX, My first acquaintance with
poets, first published in The Liberal, describes Hazlitts first impressions of Coleridge
in 1798 upon hearing him preach Poetry and Philosophy had met together, Truth and
Genius had embraced, under the eye and with the sanction of Religion. Hazlitt was
invited to stay with Coleridge in Somerset, where he met Wordsworth, gaunt and Don
Quixote-like, and heard the poets read from manuscript the poems of the Lyrical
Ballads: There is a chaunt in the recitation of both Coleridge and Wordsworth, which
acts as a spell upon the hearer, and disarms the judgment. Other essays in the
collection include Hazlitts contribution to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, On Fine
Arts, and pieces On Liberty and Necessity and On Self-Love. William Hazlitt the
younger provides a lengthy Biographical Sketch with numerous letters, and there are
also appreciative essays by Bulwer-Lytton, Talfourd and Charles Lamb.
Keynes 102.


26. HEWLETT, Maurice. Quattrocentisteria (how Sandro Botticelli saw

Simonetta in the spring). Portland Maine, Thomas B. Mosher, 1908.
12mo, pp. [8], 59, [13], frontispiece portrait; original blue printed paper wrappers
bound in; light off-setting to upper outer corners, otherwise a good copy in turquoise
morocco, single gilt fillet border, Elsie Kilvert in gilt text to front cover, waterstain at
head, extremities lightly worn.
Second edition, (first, 1904). A Virgil-inspired feat of lyric prose.



27. HOWELL, James. Dendrologia. Dodonas grove, or the vocall forrest.

[London], H. Mosley, 1640.
Small folio, pp. [10], 1-32, 39-135, 166-219, [1], engraved frontispiece and 2 engraved
plates of trees, elaborate woodcut headpieces and initials; light dampstaining to a few
leaves at start, a little light dustsoiling, small tear to title just touching type ornament
border, a few mostly marginal stains; withal a good copy in contemporary calf, double
blind-ruled border, spine in compartments, extremities lightly rubbed; signature of D.
Jenks to the front pastedown, later biographical note on the author to the dedication
First edition of a curious allegory of the political history of Europe from 1603 to 1640,
the historical personages and the narrator figured in the guise of speaking trees (the oak,
the King of England, and so forth). By 1640 Howell was nearly fifty, and although he
moved in literary circles he was a friend of Ben Jonson Dendrologia was his first
book. His vocal forest (it fortund not long since, that Trees did speake, and locally
move, and meet one another) attracted translations into Latin and French, and intrigued
contemporary readers. One such was John Evelyn, the author of Sylva, who wrote out
an autograph key to the allegory headed The real subject (British Library, Evelyn MS.
STC 13872.

28. HUNT, Leigh. Bacchus in Tuscany, a dithyrambic poem, from the Italian of
Francesco Redi London, John and H. L. Hunt, 1825.
8vo, pp. xix, [1] blank, 224, [1], 296-298, [2], with errata slip; lightly toned, a very little
light foxing; a very good copy, untrimmed in contemporary paper boards, spine
defective and partially detached with substantial losses; contemporary signature of Mrs
Whiting to fly, repeated though partially erased to title.
First and only edition. Hampered by illness in Italy in 1824-5, Hunt strove still to
work, and so chose the lightest and easiest translation (Autobiography, 1850, iii, 109;
from Brewer) he could think of: a poem by the seventeenth century physician and
occasional poet Redi, a hugely successful, exuberant and extravagant extolment of wine
and its merits, in which Bacchus gets drunk in human fashion on a hill outside the walls
of Florence and is borne away in ecstasy by a draught of Montepulciano (which he
pronounces to be King of Wines). Reviews were not generally favourable even by
Hunt himself, who identified enough errors in the publication to call it the worst
[translation] ever printed (Brewer).
Luther A. Brewer, My Leigh Hunt Library (New York, Franklin, 1970), pp. 128-31.



29. HUXLEY, Aldous. Vulgarity in Literature. Digressions from a theme

London, Chatto and Windus, 1930.
8vo, pp. [4], 59, [1]; a very good copy in the original cloth, both boards printed in red to
a design of dolphins frolicking in the sea within decorative borders; light wear to spine
with small loss; signature of J. A. Park to fly.
First trade edition. A special edition of 260 was published earlier in the same year.


30. JEWSBURY, Maria Jane. Letters to the Young. London, J. Hatchard and
Son, 1829.
12mo, pp. [12], 240; light foxing, a few marks, tear to p.63-4 with loss of upper outer
corner affecting a few words of text; otherwise a good copy in contemporary half calf
over marbled boards, edges marbled, gilt panelled spine with green lettering-piece;
signature of Mrs Henry Smith, Gamlingay to front free endpaper.
Second edition, (first, 1828). Letters to the Young, exhort[ed] its youthful audience to
eschew worldly desires and to concentrate on a humble life of duty, aimed at attaining
eventual immortality its rhetoric sometimes comes across as self-castigation, as if
bearing witness to Jewsburys inner conflicts (ODNB).

31. [KARAMZIN, Nikolai Mikhailovic]. Tales, from the Russian of Nicolai

Karamsin. [Translated by Andreas Anderson Feldborg]. London, for J.
Johnson by G. Sidney, 1804.
8vo, pp. [12], 262, + portrait frontispiece of Karamsin by Hopwood; lightly toned, a
few marks; a good copy in contemporary diced Russia, gilt Greek key border, flat spine
gilt in compartments with morocco label; upper board detached, a little light wear;
armorial bookplate of John Waldie and another Novels and Romances No.: 513,
Lubbock of Newcastle booksellers label to fly.
The first English edition of Karamzins Russian Tales, written in the sentimentalist
style that he would pioneer in Russia, influenced by the writings of Lawrence Sterne.
The present collection includes the short stories Flor Silin, Julia, Natalia and Lisa.
The theme of Poor Liza was a favorite of the German Storm and Stress movement.
Karamzin transplanted it into Russian literature [and it] became the cornerstone and
point of departure for serious Russian prose fiction because, however clumsily, it tried
to motivate its plot psychologically, found the language to express the emotions of its
characters, and placed the action into a recognizable Russian locale. (Terras, p. 158).
Crowther 1482, Mirsky p.61 ff; Terras p.158.


32. LAMB, Charles. The essays of Elia With an introduction by Augustine

Birrell and illustrations by Charles E. Brock. London, J. M. Dent & Co.,
2 vols., 8vo, pp. xxii, 294, [2]; xi, [1] blank, 254, [2], with 30 engraved plates, and
numerous illustrations within the text; untrimmed; a very good copy in the original red
half-calf over red cloth boards, spine with gilt-tooled floral pattern and text; a little light
wear to extremities; hand-written list inserted in vol. 2.
Fifth edition, (first, 1823/33). Charles Lambs collection of essays by the fictitious Elia.
The introduction by Augustine Birrell shows the great respect lavished on Lamb: The
spelling is often quaint, sometimes wrong, but always Lambs, and therefore better than
anyone elses.

33. [LANG, Andrew translator]. Aucassin & Nicolete. London, David Nutt,
8vo, pp. xx, 51, [1] blank; lightly toned; a good copy in contemporary half-calf over red
cloth, title gilt to flat spine; extremities lightly rubbed.
Reprint of the first edition of the 1887 English translation of this medieval French
chantefable, a loving pastiche of the excesses of courtly-love romances (OCEL).

34. LEVER, Charles. Roland Cashel With illustrations by Phiz. London,

Chapman and Hall, 1850.
8vo, pp. [8], 627, [3], + 40 engraved plates, including frontispiece and engraved titlepage; a little browning and foxing, particularly to plates; a good copy in contemporary
red half-roan over marbled boards; joints cracked, worn.
First edition, described as a dark satire of middle-class Dublin. Though Irish himself,
the author was often criticised for presenting the Irish as one dimensional, sticking to
closely to the stereotype of theatrical works of the time. It was edited by Dickens for All
The Year Round, though he did not think much of it:
Whether it is too detached and discursive in its interest for the audience and the form
of publication, I cannot say positively; but it does not take hold. The consequence is,
that the circulation becomes affected, and that the subscribers complain. (Dickens to
Lever, 6 Oct 1860, Letters of Charles Dickens, 9.321)


35. MANT, Alicia Catherine. Ellen: or, the young godmother. A tale for youth.
London, Law and Whittaker, 1815.
12mo, pp. 148, with engraved frontispiece; foxing throughout, a good copy in twentieth
century quarter cloth over marbled boards by John Durham & Son; black lettering piece
with gilt text to spine.
Third edition (first, 1812) of a didactic work for youth.

36. [MASSINGHAM, Henry William]. H. W. M. A selection from the writings

of H. W. Massingham. New York, Harcourt, Brace & Company, [1925].
8vo, pp. 368; with photographic frontispiece portrait; lightly toned; a good copy in the
original red cloth, embossed publishers emblem to front cover; gilt text to spine. 15
First American edition of this collection of selected writings, edited with a preface and
notes by H. J. Massingham and with several introductory essays including one by
Bernard Shaw. An English edition, published by J Cape was published at the same
time. Comprising of various essays on public men, war and peace, the press, men
of letters, dramatic criticism, and religion.

37. [MATHIAS, Thomas James]. The pursuits of literature: a satirical poem in

dialogue. With notes London, J. Owen, 1797.
Four parts in one volume, 8vo, pp. [4], iii, [1], 51, [1], viii, 40, [4], vi, [2], 50, [6], xxx,
122; lightly toned, a little foxing; otherwise a good copy in contemporary half-roan
over marbled boards; some wear to extremities and boards.
First complete edition, revised from the publication in parts (1794, 1796 and 1797).
Second revised edition, the first complete publication of all four parts of Mathias
satirical discussion of literature, in which he pours scorn on many of the most famous
literary personalities of his day.

Mathiass Pursuits of Literature, or, What you will, a wide-ranging satire with
extensive notes on the conceit and licence of contemporary authors, appeared
anonymously in four dialogues the poem is confessedly of its political moment,
declaring openly that literature is an important tool of government The British
Critic approved of the poem as a strenuous enemy and assailant of democratical
principles, and of that monster, French, or Frenchified philosophy (8.3536) (ODNB).



38. MAYHEW, Augustus. Paved with gold or the romance and reality of the
London streets. An unfashionable novel ... with illustrations by H. K.
Browne. London, Chapman & Hall, 1858.
8vo, pp. viii, 408; with 26 plates: 10 vignettes including the illustrated half-title, and 16
bordered illustrations; occasional foxing to plates (offset), but otherwise a good copy;
bound in half-calf over marbled boards, rubbed and worn.
First edition. Paved with Gold is an important work written to show the horrors of
slum life, especially for working class children (Sutherland). In the preface, Mayhew
declares the extreme truthfulness with which this book has been written. The
descriptions of boy-life in the streets, the habits and customs of donkey-drivers, the
peculiarities of trampdom and vagrancy, have all resulted from long and patient
inquiries among the individuals themselves. Illustrated by Browne, whose drawings
for this novel have been particularly noted for their brilliance and vitality (Sutherland).


39. METEYARD, Eliza. Dr. Olivers maid. A story in four chapters London,
Arthur Hall Virtue & Co., and Berlin, Adolph Enslin, [1857].
8vo, pp. 187, [1]; small mark to title, otherwise a good copy in contemporary half sheep
over marbled boards, title gilt to spine; extremities and boards lightly rubbed; bookplate
of St Fort to front pastedown.
First and only edition, a work of moralistic prose telling the tale of the honest and
virtuous Honour Freeland, maid in the house of a London Doctor.
Dr. Oliver is perfectly satisfied with the reply he has had from the Rev. Mr Seddon. He
will, therefore, expect Honor Freeland to come home to her place on Monday evening
next, at eight oclock.
That one word, home, struck the finest chord in the desolate creatures heart.
Throughout her coming years with Dr. Oliver, it is ever present with her, urging her to
duty, inspiring her to faithfulness; as he wrote it, he knew not the price it would be his
to receive.


Goodrich & Wiley, 1834.

Volume Second. Nos. 1 & 2. New York,

4to, pp. 32; illustrated title-page and fourteen further illustrations; heavy foxing and
browning throughout; several fore-edges frayed; a good copy in twentieth-century
quarter-cloth over marbled boards, preserving the original printed paper wrappers. 50
Established 1833. Peter Parley was a pseudonym of Samuel Griswold Goodrich,
bookseller and publisher. Parleys Magazine, one of several he edited, contained (inter
alia) stories, poems and natural history. The publication ran until 1844 then merged
with Parleys Merrys Museum for Boys and Girls.
41. POOLE, Joshua. The English Parnassus: or a help to English poesie.
Containing a collection of all rhythming monosyllables, the choicest epithets
and phrases. With some general forms upon all occasions, subjects and
themes, alphabetically digested Together with a short institution to English
poesie, by way of preface. London, Henry Brome, Thomas Baffett, and John
Wright, 1677.
8vo, pp. [30], 639, [1] blank; title printed in red and black; toned, occasional foxing,
section excised from title at head; some errors in pagination; a good copy, binding
defective, boards detached and spine split.
Second edition, (first, 1657). Choice titbits selected from the literary greats, including
extracts from Shakespeare, Milton and Denham. While not always absolutely accurate
in his quotations, Pooles work has been labelled a plagiarists handbook (OHehir),
its palpable intention being to facilitate the ready use of literary allusions in everyday
Wing P2815.


42. PIOZZI, Hester Lynch. Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson, LL. D.
during the last twenty years of his life ... London, printed for T. Cadell ...
8vo, pp. viii, 306, [2], with postscript but lacking half-title and errata slip found in some
copies (see Rothschild 1550); sheet K (pp. 129-130, signed *K) a cancel (see note),
small hole to pp. 11-12, affecting text but sense recoverable, larger hole to pp. 279-280,
again affecting text; otherwise a good copy in calf, neatly re-backed; panelled spine
with red morocco lettering-piece and gilt text, and the bookplate of William John
Campion of Danny to front pastedown.
First edition. Although Mrs Piozzi was one of Dr Johnsons closest friends, the
distinguishing feature of her style is a continual protestation of veneration and
admiration combined with anecdote after anecdote, which do not redound to Johnsons
credit. Walpole called it wretched; a high-varnished preface to a heap of rubbish, in a
very vulgar style, but as James Clifford notes, these same qualities which irritated
Johnsons contemporaries give for modern readers a delightfully human touch to the
writing. Apart from the anecdotes, the volume includes the first printing of twentyfour poems by Johnson, mainly light verse addressed to Mrs. Piozzi or improvisations
which she had copied down.
The removal of sheet K was intended to suppress the one really offensive passage about
Boswell (his remaining appearances in the Anecdotes are insignificant) an attack
based on the false belief that he had written the scurrilous letter about the Thrales that
had appeared in The St. Jamess Chronicle after Henry Thrales death. This, however,
did not suffice to prevent bitter private resentment and a growing public animosity
between the rival biographers.
Courtney & Nichol Smith, p. 161; Liebert 116; Rothschild 1549; James L. Clifford,
Hester Lynch Piozzi (second edition, 1952, 1968), chapter XII; Mary Hyde, The
Impossible Friendship (1973), chapter III.




43. POWYS, John Cowper. Wolf Solent. A novel. New York, Simon and
Schuster, 1929.
2 vols., 8vo, pp. [6], 490; [4], 491-966; a very good copy in the original purple cloth,
vol. 2 with the original blue and white dust-jacket with a photograph of the author,
edges frayed, small loss at foot of spine.
First American edition, (first published in London in the same year), of the first of
Cowper Powys Wessex novels, and his first work to meet with commercial success.

44. PRIOR, Matthew. Poems on several occasions London, J. and R. Tonson

and S. Draper, and H. Lintot, 1754.
12 mo, pp. [24], 402, [6], engraved portrait frontispiece, decorative head and tailpieces
and initials; toned, some foxing, otherwise a good copy in contemporary calf, double
gilt-fillet borders, spine gilt in compartments, chipped at head and lower compartment
substantially lacking, extremities rubbed; ex libris of Dr Huck to fly, armorial
bookplate of Melville to front pastedown.
One of three 1754 editions, of which two were published in London and one in
Aberdeen. The collection was first published as an unauthorised edition in 1707; the
first authorised edition was issued in 1709.

45. [QUILLER-COUCH, Arthur Thomas, Sir]. My best book [Plymouth,

n.p.], 1912.
8vo, pp. 31, [1]; a good copy in the original white cloth with gilt text to front cover;
signature of the author to verso of title-page.
Limited edition (no. 90 of 300 copies). Quiller-Couch, known by his pen-name Q, was
appointed King Edward VII professor of English literature at Cambridge University in
1912. The three short stories in My Best Book, so named because all the profits of it
were destined for the sick and suffering, were stories by which [Q] could wish to be
remembered in after days, when much of my writing will be forgotton [sic] (preface).



46. RAMSAY, Allan. Poems To which are prefixed, a life of the author, from
authentic documents: and remarks on his poems, from a large view of their
merits. London, T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies, 1800.
2 vols., 8vo, pp. [2], clxxviii, 380; viii, 608; + engraved frontispiece portrait and
facsimile of a handwritten note by the author; occasional annotations in pencil; some
foxing; a good copy in contemporary half-sheep over marbled boards, panelled spine
with gilt-tooling and text, worn, spines chipped at head, joints cracked.
A new edition; first collected poems published in 1720.


47. RENSHAM, A. G. Poems. London, Chiswick Press, 1892.

8vo, pp. viii, 104, + photographic frontispiece; a good copy in the original blue cloth,
spine with gilt text; a few small marks.
Second edition, (first, 1888). An extract from the first edition of 260 pages.
And she, although he may have left her, coldOr slighted in the hard worlds fretful roar
If she be woman true, doth him enfold,
Unquestioned, in the arms of love once more

48. ROCHESTER, John Wilmot, Second Earl of. Poems, (&c.) on several
Occasions: with Valentinian; a Tragedy ... London, Jacob Tonson ... 1696.
8vo, pp. [10], xv, [7], 208, 177-224 (i.e., 256); title-page laid down at head with
small section provided in facsimile, title lightly soiled with traces of old ownership
inscription, a few marks, short wormtrack at foot in blank margin of a few leaves, two
small repairs; otherwise a good copy in eighteenth century half-sheep over marbled
boards, panelled spine, all edges blue; spine lacking lettering piece.
Second authorized edition, reprinting Tonsons superior edition of 1691, edited by
Thomas Rymer and some other of the late Earls friends. Pirate editions had previously
appeared at Antwerp (1680) and in London (1685). Valentinian, with a prologue by
Aphra Behn, is an adaptation from Beaumont and Fletcher, originally printed in quarto
in 1685.
Wing R 1757; Wither to Prior 987; Woodward & McManaway 1302.





49. RUTLAND, William R. Thomas Hardy. London and Glasgow, Blackie &
Son Ltd., 1938.
8vo, pp. xi, 165, [1]; + engraved portrait frontispiece and 7 photographic plates, badge
of the Order of Merit printed on half-title; a good copy in the original blue cloth; red
lettering piece to spine; title page signed by author, half-title has a dated manuscript
presentation to Douglas Veale, and a separate presentation note to Veale is enclosed.
First edition and authors presentation copy to a Mr Veale, sometime private secretary
to Neville Chamberlain, and then Registrar of Oxford University.
Published only ten years after its subjects death, Thomas Hardy attempts to relate,
more succinctly than has yet been done, the essential facts of the life of a great
writer (Preface). The account itself is relaxed and occasionally novelesque even
Hardyesque often seeming to pay tribute to the style of Hardys more quasiautobiographical novels.

50. SECCOMBE, Thomas and ALLEN, J. W. Handbooks of English

literature: the age of Shakespeare (1579-1631) Vol. I Poetry and prose with
an introduction by Professor Hales; Vol. II Drama. London, George Bell and
Sons, 1903.
2 vols., 8vo, pp. [7], xxx, 292; [ii], xiv, 232, [8], advertisements; with printers device
to title-pages; partially uncut; a good copy in the original green cloth, gilt text and
publishers device to spine; donation note to endpaper of vol. 1.
First edition of this Edwardian take on a unique literary epoch (introduction). The
authors meticulously strive to place the great poetry and prose of this exciting age
within its literary and cultural context. Sidney, Spenser, Donne, Chapman, Marlowe,
Middleton and many others are subjected to brief biographies (Seccombe was in fact a
major contributor to the Dictionary of National Biography), usually followed by a
lively, opinionated critical discussion: It is difficult to imagine how anyone with a
poets ear could have written the wretched sapphics and asclepiads of [Sidneys]
Arcadia. Volume I includes a detailed chronological table aligning the chief
publications and the contemporary chronology of the period. Nearly a hundred pages
are dedicated to Shakespeare.


51. STAGG, John. Miscellaneous poems, some of which are in the Cumberland
dialect Workington, W. Borrowdale, 1805.
12mo, pp. xii, 237, [1] blank; a good copy; uncut; bound in quarter-roan over red cloth
boards, edges rubbed and cover worn; spine with paper lettering piece, heavily worn at
Second edition of this collection of poems (first issued in 1804), although a previous set
of different Miscellaneous Poems was published in 1790.

52. STEELE, Richard, Sir. The Dramatic works of the late Sir Richard Steele.
Containing I. The conscious lover. II. The funeral. III. The tender husband.
IV. The lying lover. London, W. Feales, [1730-1732].
12mo, pp. [2], 1-72, 65-75, [1], 82, [2], 70, [2] 83, [1]; historiated metalcut initials,
head- and tail-pieces; lightly toned, a little foxing; a good copy in calf, blind-tooled to a
panel design; rebacked, yet spine split and joints cracked; various ownership
inscriptions to endleaves, armorial bookplate of Rev J. Molesworth to front pastedown,
extensive scholarly annotations in ink to rear endpapers.
Third edition of the first work, as published by Jacob Tonson in 1730. Sixth edition of
The Funeral: or, grief a-la-mode, published in 1730 by Jacob Tonson. The 1731 fifth
edition of The tender husband: or, the accomplishd fools, issued by Jacob Tonson.
Fifth edition of the final work, The lying lover: or, the ladies friendship, as published
by Bernard Lintot in 1732.

53. [STEELE, Richard, Sir]. The Englishman: being the sequel of the guardian.
London, Samuel Buckley, 1714.
12mo, pp. [4], vi, 292, [12]; engraved vignette to title, decorative headpieces and
initials; toned, a little foxing; a good copy in twentieth century natural morocco,
presentation inscription to Professor Trevelyan by the Hynnig Bindery stuck in at front;
contemporary signature of Jacob Bridges to fly.
First collected edition of the periodical, originally published three times a week:
London, Sam. Buckley, 1713-1714. The period covered is 6 October 1713 - 15
February 1714; a further publication, The Englishman (1715), was later published as a
second volume to this work in 1716.

54. SWIFT, Jonathan. Gullivers Travels. London, for Charles Elliot,

Edinburgh, 1784.
12mo, pp. [12], 450; engraved portrait frontispiece, plates; occasional foxing, a few
marks; generally very good in contemporary tree calf, panelled spine gilt; extremities
rubbed; bookplates of John Scott.
Part (volume five) of Charles Elliots eighteen-volume set of The Works of Jonathan
Swift, in a new edition based on earlier work by the editor and one-time friend of Dr.

Johnson John Hawkesworth (c.1720-1773). The first edition by Hawkesworth was in

London, 1754-5, for C. Bathurst et al. in 6 vols (4to) and saw many subsequent
Offered with volumes 1, 4, 6, 16 and 17, including letters, and essays, A tale of a tub,
two volumes of correspondence, and one volume of philosophical thoughts by Martinus

55. SYMMONS, Charles. The life of John Milton London, Nichols and
Son, [1810].
8vo, pp. [6], 646, [16], + engraved frontispiece of Milton and facsimile of a handwritten
poem to John Rouse; a little foxing, particularly to plates, otherwise a good copy in
half-calf over marbled boards, panelled spine with gilt-tooling; spine chipped at head;
ownership inscription to title, armorial bookplate to front pastedown.
First separate edition, originally published in 1806 as part of a seven-volume edition of
Miltons works.
The history of John Milton a man, who, if he had been delegated as the
representative of his species to one of the superior worlds, would have suggested
a grand ide of the human race, as beings affluent with moral and intellectual

56. [THOMS, William J., editor]. A collection of early prose romances.

London, William Pickering, 1828.
3 vols., 8vo, pp. [4], vi, 56, [2], vi, 110, viii, 62, [2], iv, 44; xv, [1] blank, xii, 44, [2],
xvi, 53, [1] blank, xx, 57, [1] blank, 133, [1] blank; [vi], x, [2], 135, [1] blank, viii, 138,
vii, [i] blank, 106; a little light foxing to prelims; a handsome set in natural mottled
morocco by Holloway, decorative gilt border, spines gilt in compartments with
morocco lettering pieces, inner dentelles and all edges gilt; armorial bookplates of
Charles T. Hebbert to front pastedowns.
First edition of this collection of time-honoured favourites, including Robin Hood and
Doctor Faustus, as well as Wynkyn De Wordes Robert the Devil, and the Swan Knight.

57. TROLLOPE, Frances. The refugee in America: a novel.

Whittaker, Treacher and Co., 1832.


3 vols., 12mo, pp. [2], 294; [2], 311, [1] blank; [2], 302; tears without loss, mostly
marginal, to pp. 247-8 and 251-2 of vol. 3 touching a couple of words, endpapers
lightly foxed; otherwise a good copy in contemporary half-calf over marbled boards;
flat spines gilt; edges speckled blue; worn; armorial bookplates of C. Cuningham to
front pastedowns.


First edition. Continuing in much the same vein as her notorious factual account of the
same year, Domestic Manners of the Americans, Trollopes first foray into fiction sends
a small family of the English elite across the Atlantic to further elucidate the cultural
divide. In her former work, noted the Westminster review, she could only tell us
what ungainly people our descendants are; but now she can show them to us in action,
in contrast ... with the refinement of the mother country.
Sadleir 3235; Wolff 6825.


58. TWAIN, Mark. MDCI. A fireside chatte in ye time of ye Tudors [n.p.], Ye

Signe of Ye Gaye Goose, 1948.
8vo, pp. [8], 16; initials and some text in orange; pages untrimmed; a good copy in the
original blue cloth with printed initial letter-style title to front cover; lightly marked;
booksellers plate bearing the signature of Lloyd Wolfe to front pastedown.
First published anonymously in 1882, and only acknowledged by Twain in 1906.
Since its origin in 1876, it has been printed many times as a collectors item, in very
limited editions (preface). The current edition, the only one to be published as MDCI
rather than 1601, was issued in an edition of just 300 copies.


59. VAN DE WATER, Frederic F. Rudyard Kiplings Vermont Feud

drawings by Bernardine Custer. Weston, VT, The Countryman Press, 1937.
8vo, pp. 119, [1] blank, including 6 plates reproducing ink drawings; a fine copy in the
original cloth, gilt medallion to upper board, presented in the original cloth slip-case
with printed paper label to spine and front cover, some joints of the slipcase broken;
signed by the author and illustrator on verso of half-title.
First edition limited to 700 copies, all signed by the author and the artist; this copy is
number 686.
60. WALPOLE, Hugh, [Sir]. Anthony Trollope [from the English Men of
Letters series]. London, Macmillan and Co., 1928.
8vo, pp. [8], 206, [2]; a little browning to endpapers, otherwise a very good copy in
contemporary red cloth with embossed single-line border to upper board; fore-edge
uncut, upper edge red..
First edition.
[Trollope] restores our confidence, calls in our distrust, laughs at our vanity
without scorning us, and revives our pride in our own average humanity.

61. [WARD, Robert Plumer]. Tremaine, or the man of refinement. London,

Henry Colburn, 1825.
3 vols, 8vo, pp. xii, 344, [2] blank; [4], 383, [1]; [2], 380, [4] advertisements, +
engraved frontispiece; endpapers lightly foxed, offsetting to title-page; otherwise a
good copy in contemporary half-calf over marbled boards, panelled spines with halfraised bands, contrasting morocco lettering-pieces, edges speckled red; light wear to
extremities and boards, joints starting; armorial bookplates of Alexander Trotter of
Dreghorn to front pastedowns.
Second edition, one of three published in 1825. The first novel of Robert Plumer Ward,
telling the tale of a high society dandy.