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The Joyful Wisdom (La Gaya Scienza)

George Allen & Unwin, London
8vo in blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 370pp, 3pp publishers ads at rear. Limited edition of 1,500 copies this one numbered 2900 - but no doubt intended to be 290 (we have seen other copies with a stray extra zero - so probably just a printing error)
VERY GOOD+, a well preserved clean and tight copy (mild fading to spine and cover margins, name on fly-leaf, page-block edges slightly foxed or tanned)
Hardcover
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Byron's Letters and Journals - Born for Opposition - Vol / Volume 8 - 1821

John Murray, London
8vo in bright red cloth, gilt lettering to spine and front cover, 369pp, frontispiece, index etc
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW unmarked very clean, bright and tight copy in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket (merest hint of tanning to inner flaps). An excellent copy
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The Cleft Stick - Or It's the Same the Whole World Over

Selwyn & Blount, London
1st printing. Large 8vo in white cloth covered boards, black lettering to spine, illustration to front cover, 222pp, illustrated end-papers, many full page and double page b/w illustrations by Wragg printed on stiff paper
A well preserved near FINE clean and tight unmarked copy (pages very slightly tanned, covers very faintly dusty)
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Byron's Letters and Journals - Wedlock's the Devil - Vol / Volume 4 - 1814 - 1815

John Murray, London
8vo in bright red cloth, gilt lettering to spine and front cover, 369pp, frontispiece, index etc
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW unmarked very clean, bright and tight copy in an AS NEW price-clipped Dust Jacket (merest hint of tanning to inner flaps). An excellent copy
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Byron's Letters and Journals - The Flesh is Frail - Vol / Volume 6 - 1818 - 1819

John Murray, London
8vo in bright red cloth, gilt lettering to spine and front cover, 289pp, frontispiece, index etc
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW unmarked very clean, bright and tight copy in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket (merest hint of tanning to inner flaps). An excellent copy
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The Fox At the Manger (Private Press Edition)

Pembridge Design Studio, London
4to in brown buckram covered boards, tan marbled paper end-papers (matching the paper used for the dust jacket), 48pp printed in brown ink on very pale tan rag-paper leaves. Pembridge Design Studio was a small private press in London (c. 1980 - 1992) who typically made books in very small editions. No limitation is stated but probably fewer than 200 copies of this book were made.
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unmarked copy in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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The Roy Strong Diaries 1967 - 1987 (SIGNED COPY)

Weidenfeld & Nicolson
1st printing. Thick, heavy 8vo. in rust red faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 461pp, plates, index. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW very clean and tight unmarked copy (thin sliver of very slight creasing to spine ends) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket. An excellent copy
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Judas (SIGNED COPY)

Chatto & Windus, London
Large 8vo in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 274pp. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
NEW unread copy in NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Seventy-Two Virgins (SIGNED COPY)

Harper Collins, London
8vo in blue faux cloth, silver lettering to spine. 326pp. Inscribed and signed by author on the title-page (no other inscriptions). This book did not sell well and most of the hardbacks were pulped. Signed copies are rare.
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW unread or barely read copy (thin sliver of very slight creasing to spine ends, hint of tanning to leaves) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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A Painter of Our Time

Secker & Warburg, London
1st printing. 8vo in light brown cloth, black lettering to spine. 238pp, frontispiece after Peter Peri, jacket artwork by Peter de Francia. Booker prize-winner's first novel. This copy belonged to the Anglo-German art dealer Angela Hackelsberger and has her small elegant name stamp to the front blank fly-leaf along with original small neat ink inscription at the bottom edge presenting the book to her.
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (top edge of page block faintly dusty, hint of tanning to leaves) in a FINE complete Dust Jacket (rear panel very slightly dusty, hint of shelf rub front top flap fold corner tip and spine panel ends, looks fine in its removable transparent protector). An excellent copy
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Royal Bounty - the Making of A Welfare Monarchy

Yale University Press, New Haven and London
Heavy 8vo. in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 330pp, illustrations in text, index etc.
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight unread or barely read copy (page-block edges tanned - the previous owner had a wood burning stove) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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La Fabrica Della Fortezza Larchitettura Militare Di Venezia

Banca Popolare / S Geminiano E S Prspero, Verona
Large, very heavy 4to in blue linen covered boards, white lettering to spine, 306pp, colour plates, maps, plans, indexes etc. Text in Italian
NEW unread copy in NEW complete Dust Jacket
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The Railway Man

Jonathan Cape, London
1st printing. Large 8vo in red faux cloth, black lettering to spine. 276pp. Made into a film of the same name in 2013
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unmarked and unread copy (merest hint of tanning to leaves) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket. An excellent copy
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The Pageant of Tower Hill

Longmans Green and Co., London
1st printing. Large 8vo in brown cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 327pp, colour frontispiece, folding plan folding panorama, plates etc. All printed tissue guards present as called for.
An exceptionally well preserved FINE very clean and tight unmarked and probably unread copy (page-block edges moderately tanned, very slight foxing to first few leaves only)
1st editionHardcover
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William Shakerspeare - the First Folio 1623 - the Dr Williamss Library Copy - Lot 95 in Sale of English Literature Sotheby's, London 13 July 2006

Sotheby's, London
4to finely bound in blind embossed dark red cloth, printed paper label to front cover (as issued), 60pp on stiff art paper, colour plates, etc
An extremely well preserved AS NEW very clean and tight unmarked copy in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Simplicius Simplicissimus

John Calder, London
Large 8vo in grey cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 379pp on very pale lilac stiff paper
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight unmarked copy in a lightly corner worn VERY GOOD- unclipped Dust Jacket (chipping and tearing to head of spine panel, looks very presentable in its removable transparent protector)
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Old Possums Book of Practical Cats

Faber and Faber, London
4to in red printed orange cloth, 45pp
A well preserved near FINE clean and tight unmarked copy (covers slightly dusty and faintly foxed or tanned)
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Trade & Plumb-Cake for Ever, Huzza - the Life and Work of John Newbery 1713 - 1767 Publisher Bookseller etc.

Colt Books, Cambride
Large 8vo in brown faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 173pp, illustrations in text, bibliography, index etc. Publishers review request slip loosely inserted
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread and unmarked copy in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Churchill's Bomb - How the United States Overtook Britain in the First Nuclear Arms Race

Basic Books, New York
Thick, heavy 8vo. black boards, silver lettering to spine. 554pp, index etc
NEW unread copy in NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Concepts of Arthur

Tempus, Stroud
Large 8vo in colour printed stiff card covers, 282pp, bibliog, index etc. Out of print and now hard to find
A well preserved almost AS NEW unread or barely read copy (barely noticeable very small faint crease to top corner tip of front cover, tiny and very slight bump to page-block fore-edge )
1st editionSoftcover
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Constitutional Documents of the Reign of James I A D 1603 - 1625 - with An Historical Commentary

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
1st printing. Large 8vo in brown cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 389ppindex
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (pages very slightly tanned, top edge of page block faintly dusty) in a tanned and lightly edge-rubbed but otherwise VERY GOOD+ publisher-price-clipped Dust Jacket with publishers new price to inner flap (looks fine in its removable transparent protector). A nice copy
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Old and New London - A Narrative of its History its People and its Places (Complete Set in 6 Volumes)

Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co., London
6 matching volumes, all half brown leather with raised bands and gilt decoration to spine and front cover, all edges gilt, all with tissue guarded frontispieces (vol I in colour), vols 1 - 5 all 576pp, Vol 6 has 636pp including index to all books. With the exception of Vol 3 which states ' new edition carefully revised and corrected' all volumes are undated first or early printings. All the illustrations, including the many single sided full page engravings on stiffer paper, are still very sharp, clear and bright. This set is unusual as all page block edges have been gilded which adds greatly to the preservation of the paper, consequently there is almost none of the usual foxing to the leaves.
A well preserved and very clean and tight near FINE set (mild fading and slight shelf rub to spines and leather corner pieces. A very attractive set with unusually clean leaves.
Hardcover
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Shakespear's Pound - Illuminated Cantos (Signed Limited Edition)

La Nana Creek Press, Nacogdoches / Scolar Press, London
Printed at the Lanana Creek Press, Nacogdoches, Texas in an edition of 210 copies (200 for sale) designed by Charles Jones, printed on a Vandercrook Universal III press onto Magnani Biblios mould made white wove paper, hand-bound in Harmatan's tan leather with Japanese book cloth over boards, and matching slip-case. This copy numbered 114 and signed by Omar Pound and Charles Jones in pencil
An AS NEW unread and unmarked copy in an AS NEW slip-case. This copy has been stored un-opened since it was made
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A Brittle Glory - An Autobiography (SIGNED COPY)

Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London
Large 8vo in brown faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 214pp, plates, index. Inscribed and signed (as Paul) by the author on the front blank fly-leaf and dated 31.1.93
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy (pages very slightly tanned) in an AS NEW price-clipped Dust Jacket. An excellent copy
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By Tube Beyond Edgware

Capital Transport, London
4to in thick colour printed boards, 136pp, maps, plans, illustrations in text, etc
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy
1st editionHardcover
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The Bridge of San Luis Rey - Woodcuts by Clare Leighton

Longmans Green, London
8vo in dark red cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 139pp, 16 very nicely printed tipped-in plates of woodcuts by Clare Leighton (collated complete)
VERY GOOD+ a well preserved and very clean and tight copy (top third of front blank fly-leaf neatly clipped - presumably to excise an inscription, end-papers and page-block edges a little tanned) in a dusty and tanned but otherwise VERY GOOD complete Dust Jacket (tears neatly repaired from verso and small chips to head of spine panel and flap fold corner tips, looks very presentable in its removable transparent protector)
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Words (Reminiscences)

Hamish Hamilton, London
1st printing. 8vo in very dark brown faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 173pp
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight unmarked copy (page-block edges a little tanned) in a VERY GOOD complete Dust Jacket (two short but slightly rubbed closed tears to top edge of front panel, mild mis-fold to front inner flap, looks very presentable in its removable transparent protector)
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Thomas Traherne - Centuries, Poems and Thanksgivings - Volume I / 1; Introduction and Centuries - Volume II / 2; Poems and Thanksgivings (2 Vols Complete in dust jackets)

Oxford University Press, Oxford
1st printing thus. Matching volumes, both large 8vo in black cloth, gilt lettering and decorative rule to spine, blind embossed front cover, facsimile frontispieces, xli + 297pp and 426pp, index at rear of vol. II
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight unmarked set (page-block edges a little tanned, slight shelf rub to bottom edge of spine of vol. II). The complete dust jacket for Vol. I is FINE (slightly tanned, minute chip to head of spine panel, looks fine in its removable transparent protector) and VERY GOOD for Vol II (tan soil to spine and triangular chip to head of spine panel, looks very presentable in its removable transparent protector). Overall a very nice set indeed
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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The History Boys (SIGNED COPY)

Faber & Faber, London
2nd Impression. Octavo size (8vo) in photo illustrated stiff glossy card covers, 109pp. This copy signed by the author on the title-page below his printed name
A well preserved almost AS NEW unread or barely read copy (pages slightly tanned)
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Monthly Notes on the Exotic Collection of Cacti - Succulents and Other Exotic Plants - January 1969to December 1969 (Full Year all 12 issues Complete)

Lamb, Worthing
Monthly 8pp colour printed journal, 12 issues for year 1969 housed in the publishers' red cloth backed binder, gilt lettering to spine
VERY GOOD, a well preserved clean and tight set
1st editionHardcover
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