[Debreuil, Jean; Chambers, E., trans.:] Practical Perspective; or An Easy Method of Representing Natural Objects […] London: printed for the proprietors Bowles and Carver at their map and print warehouse, [n.d. c.1795.] Seventh edition. 4to., pp. xxx, [I], 150, [I] + 150 plates on 81 leaves. Some light toning to plates with transfer to adjacent pages, title-page a little foxed. Contemporary tan sheep boards, recently rebacked in well-matched morocco, red gilt label to spine, all edges yellow, endpapers renewed. Some scrapes including one repaired to centre of upper board, edges chipped but still a good, sound copy. First published in French as parts 1-5 of La Perspective Pratique (1642-9). Ref: 50439show full image..
Delepierre, [Joseph] Octave: Historical Difficulties and Contested Events. London: John Murray 1868. First edition, 8vo., pp. [vi], 179 [i]. Some light spotting. Red cloth, gilt to spine, blind-stamped frame to boards with title to upper, rebacked with original spine laid down, somewhat faded and scuffed, two small blemishes to upper board, corners bumped and a bit worn. Clear residue of bookplate to upper pastedown, stamp of New College Library to title, binder's ticket to lower pastedown. Delepierre was the Belgian secretary for legation and consul-general in London for many years, as well as publishing prolifically, mostly in French (ODNB). In this collection of essays in English Delepierre attempts to dispel various myths and settle historical questions, including whether or not Joan of Arc was burned at the stake (on which topic he had previously published a pamphlet, "Doute Historique"). Ref: 22260
[Diamond Classics] St. Pierre, Bernardin: Paul and Virginia: and the Indian Cottage: From the French [...] London: Jones & Company, Temple of the Muses, (late Lackington's), 1829. 24mo., pp. [viii], 192 + engraved portrait frontispiece and additional title-page. Frontis, title and their tissue guard a little toned, but generally clean. Bound in beige cloth textured to give the appearace of straight-grain morocco, black and gilt paper label to spine, a.e.g., bright green endpapers. Spine a bit faded, a little separation between rear endpaper and textblock, but still very good. To the top corner of the front paste-down a small oval inkstamp of William's Library, Cheltenham. Ffep inscribed: 'Albert Little. the gift of his faithful Friend Eliza E(?), March 11. 1832'. Based on William's 1795 translation. 'The Temple of the Muses' in Finsbury Square was originally established by James Lackington in 1794. It was famed for both the vastness and cheapness of its stock (as suggested by the catalogue bound at the front of this volume), and displayed its motto 'The Cheapest Bookstore in the World' proudly on its frontage. Though Lackington himself retired in 1798 publications continued to appear until 1841, when 'The Temple of the Muses' was destroyed by fire. The series title under which this volume was published is 'Diamond Classics', and the format emulates the series of the same name published by William Pickering. Ref: 51910
[Diamond Classics] Tasso, Torquato: La Gerusalemme Liberata. Londra [London]: G. Pickering, 1822. First volume only, of two. 48mo. (87 x 47mm), pp. [iv], 199, [i] + engraved portrait frontispiece and additional title-page. Text in Italian. A few light smudges here and there, small ink blot to additional title-page. Contemporary brownish grey cloth. A little rubbed with some small marks, a few leaves unopened at head edge, but still good. Early 20th-century inscription of A.C. Bernard to additional title-page verso. A volume in Pickering's famous 'Diamond Classics' series. Ref: 51869
[Diamond Classics] Tasso, Torquato: La Gerusalemme Liberata. London: William Pickering, 1822. 2 vols. in 1. 24mo., pp. [iv], 199, [i]; [iii], 204-405, [iii], + portrait frontispiece and additional engraved frontispiece, including single-leaf publisher's catalogue at rear. Some toning to frontis, additional title-page and title-page but otherwise clean.Contemporary black morocco with gilt spine, borders and dentelles, a.e.g., scarlet endpapers. Joints a little rubbed but still a very good, attractively-bound copy. Ownership inscription of Elizabeth Frances Drury (b.1809) of Harrow to a preliminary blank. She was the daughter of respected Classical scholar and Harrow School master Henry Joseph Thomas Drury (1778–1841). First issue of this edition from Pickering's 'Diamond Classics' series. Dedicated to George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834), the renowned bibliophile. Keynes p.63, 91 Ref: 51908
[Diamond Classics] Walton, Izaak: The Lives of Donne, Wotton, Hooker, Herbert and Sanderson. London: William Pickering, 1827. 48mo. (86 x 50mm), pp. [vi], xix, [i], 442 + engraved frontispiece. Frontis, its tissue guard and the final leaf very slightly toned but otherwise clean. Some leaves unopened at head edge. Red cloth, printed paper spine label (toned and significantly chipped). Lightly rubbed, endcaps a little creased, top edge a bit dusty, still very good. Ownership inscription of A.C. Bernard dated May 1901 duplicated in both ink and pencil to ffep. A volume in Pickering's famous 'Diamond Classics' series. Ref: 51868
Dickens, Charles: (Fildes, S.L. illus.:) The Mystery of Edwin Drood. London: Chapman and Hall, 1870. First edition, bound from parts. 8vo., pp. [viii], 190, [ii] + engraved portrait frontispiece, vignette title-page and 12 further plates, as called for. Final leaf blank, bound without the publisher's catalogue and advertisemnts sometimes found at the rear. Some foxing (mostly marginal), slight separation between p.86 and p.87 at gutter but sound. Contemporary half green calf, black gilt title labels to spine, marbled paper-covered boards, edges sprinkled red, green endpapers. A little scuffed, edges rubbed, very good. Ownership inscription dated 1870 to front endpaper, the first name 'Agnes' but the rest illegible. First edition with all internal flaws listed by Smith in his Bibliographical Catalogue (Heritage, 1982). Bound from the six monthly parts issued from April to September of 1870, as evidenced by stab-holes visible to gutter margins. Smith 16 Ref: 51509
Doyle, Roddy: Rory & Ita. London: Jonathan Cape, 2002. First edition, author signed. 8vo., pp. [x], 338. Bright and clean within. Top coner of upper board slightly bumped but overall very good indeed. One of Doyle's few works of non-fiction, Rory and Ita is based on interviews with his parents. Ref: 51482
Doyle, Roddy: The Woman Who Walked Into Doors. London: Jonathan Cape, 1996. First edition, author signed. 8vo., pp. [viii], 226. Internally clean. red cloth, gilt title to spine, near fine. Autographed to title-page. Doyle's fifth novel. A sequel, Paula Spencer, followed 10 years later. Ref: 51481
Drage, Geoffrey: Cyril. A Romantic Novel. London: W.H. Allen & Co. 1889. First edition. 8vo., pp. vii [i] 796. Last gathering reinforced with and stained by yellowed sellotape, just some light toning otherwise. 20th-century half vellum with dark blue pebbled cloth boards, red morocco gilt label to spine, a.e.r., marbled endpapers. Gift inscription from Charles Drage to Thea dated 1976 in red ink to verso of f.f.e.p., a note dated 1929 sellotaped to an initial blank, armorial bookplate of Charles Hardinge Drage to upper pastedown. The first edition of this now-mostly-forgotten romantico-political novel set in Oxford and Russia. This copy belonged to Charles Hardinge Drage (1897-1983), who was the son of Geoffrey Drage. The taped-in note concerns Greek and Latin quotations. Ref: 25735show full image..