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The Life of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ - with the Lives of the Apostles and Evangelists etc

C Sympson, London
Thick Octavo size (8vo) in old full calf leather, raised bands to spine, gilt lettered red label to spine, gilt rule to spine and cover edges, vii + 568pp, portrait frontispiece, red and black printed title-page, 10 other full page engravings (one torn in the blank margin but professionally repaired with archival paper). 1st Published in 1754 this is most probably the 2nd edition, we can't find records of any previous printing subsequent to the first.
VERY GOOD, a well preserved clean and tight copy (head of spine and cover corner tips lightly shelf-worn, small chip and rubbing to bottom corner tip of front cover, ink names on front paste-down end-paper, scattered mild tanning to leaves) A nice looking and very tactile copy
Hardcover
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Inner Circle - illustrated by F N Souza

Macmillan, London
1st printing. Octavo size (8vo) in green faux cloth, silver lettering to spine (not stated, but to a circle design motif by Souza matching his lettering to wrapper). 185pp, frontispiece plus 26 other full page line illustrations by Indian abstract artist F N Souza illustrating the Polish poet and novelist's offbeat futurist narrative. The wrapper has a full colour front panel designed by Souza. This book had a very small hardcover printing. There was a smaller format softcover published in 1968, this is also scarce as sales were poor and many copies were pulped
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (hint of tanning to edges) in a very slightly edge-rubbed and faintly dusty near FINE un-clipped Dust Jacket (two barely noticeable tiny closed tears to top edge of rear panel, looks fine in its protector)
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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The Longest Roman Water Supply Line

T?rkiye Sinai Kalkinma Bankasi, Istanbul
Large, very heavy 4to in silver printed black boards, 229pp, colour photos, maps plans etc, 8 large foldout maps / plans at rear (collated complete). On the Roman 4th century 242 km supply line from the Strandja Mountains to Istanbul. Text in English throughout
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (tiny crease to bottom cover corner tips from slight bumping) in an AS NEW Dust Jacket. An excellent copy
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Modern Nature - the Journals of Derek Jarman

Century, London
1st printing. 8vo in black faux cloth, white lettering to spine. 314pp, plates. Scarce
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy in a FINE complete Dust Jacket (looks new in its removable transparent protector)
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Huang Yong Yu (Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, Roma 24 June - 20 July / 24 Giugno - 20 Luglio 1986) ****** SIGNED COPY ******

Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, Roma
4to in colour printed stiff glossy card covers, 46pp including full colour reproductions of all 68 works in the exhibition. Dual text in English and Italian. This copy elegantly signed by Huang Yong Yu on the title-page in thick black ink (no other inscriptions), his business card is neatly stapled to the bottom corner tip of the second leaf, and there is a printed 2 leaf essay about the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca loosely inserted
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy (merest hint of tanning to covers)
Signed copy1st editionSoftcover
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The Persian Book of Kings - Ibrahim Sultan's Shahnama

Bodleian Library, London / University of Oxford, Oxford
Large 4to. in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 142pp, colour plates, bibliography etc
Inscription on half title leaf else an AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW Dust Jacket
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Endymion (First Edition - 3 Volumes complete)

Longmans, Green, and Co., London
1st state, 1st printing. Three 8vo volumes (complete) uniformly bound in the publishers' original blind ruled red cloth, white lettering to spine, decorative printed floral end-papers 331pp, 337pp, 346pp plus 2pp publishers ads at rear. Contemporary private bookplate on all three of the front paste-down end-papers (James Walker - Christ Church)
A well preserved near FINE barely read clean and tight copy (spines, page-block edges and cover edges dusty, spines also slightly faded. Contents very clean and tight - possibly unread)
1st editionHardcover
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Wittgenstein Frege and the Vienna Circle

Basil Blackwell, Oxford
8vo in blue boards, silver lettering to spine, 274pp, index
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW unread or barely read copy (very slight crease to front tip at bottom edge of spine from mild bumping) in a slightly spine sunned but otherwise FINE Dust Jacket (looks almost as new in its protector)
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Handbook of Ceremonials, &c - A Revised Edition of the Book of Ceremonials of the City of London etc

Printed by Blades, for the Corporation of the City of London, London
Heavy Octavo size (8vo) bound in full dark blue leather, gilt lettering to spine and front cover, marbled end-papers with gilt edging, all page-block edges gilt, 216pp. This copy was specially bound for Sir James Thompson Ritchie Alderman of the Ward of Tower and Lord Mayor of London for 1903
Slight rub to spine and cover corner tips else FINE, a well preserved and very clean and tight copy
1st editionHardcover
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Journal De La Jeunesse - Revue Des Enfants

Paris, 51 Rue Laffite
Heavy, large Octavo size (8vo) in brown buckram with brown leather spine, raised bands and gilt lettering to spine, all page-block edges gilt, 382pp, lithographic frontispiece, 3 coloured plates, 2 lithographic plates, and 8 engraved plates (all with tissue guards), plus numerous engravings in text. Text in French throughout
A well preserved clean and tight VERY GOOD+ copy (mild rub to spine edges, scattered foxing and tanning to leaves)
1st editionHardcover
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The Grand Duke or The Statutory Duel (First Edition of the Piano Score)

Chappell and Co., London
Quarto size (4to) in contemporary, gilt ruled full dark blue leather over limp boards, gilt lettering to spine, red deckled page-block edges. Sullivan signature stamp to title-page, cast list for first performance, full piano score, 93pp, publishers ads on verso of last leaf. The blank page margins have been trimmed slightly for binding
Thin sliver of very slight wear to spine ends, light rub to cover corner tips else FINE, a well preserved, very clean and tight copy
1st editionHardcover
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Frank Auerbach - Speaking and Painting (SIGNED COPY)

Thames & Hudson, London
Heavy 8vo. in orange boards, black lettering to spine 240pp, colour plates, index etc. This copy signed by Frank Auerbach in black ink on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
NEW unread copy in a NEW Dust Jacket
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The Aran Islands (1907 1st Edition)

Maunsel, Dublin / Elkin Mathews, London
Octavo size (8vo), rebound in later blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine, xii + 189pp plus 1pp advert leaf at rear, frontispiece with tissue guard, plus 11 other full page plates by Yeats, this copy lacking only the half title leaf but otherwise collated complete
The binding is in very fine condition apart from a very small crease to the top edge of front cover from mild bumping. Library cancel to verso of frontispiece, small library stamp to title-page and accession numbers to verso of title-page, no other library markings, this is otherwise an extremely clean, tight and very fresh copy with only a small spot of very mild tanning or soiling to the blank fore-edge margin of two adjacent leaves
1st editionHardcover
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Banksy - Wall and Piece (1st edition 1st printing)

Century, London
Quarto size (4to) in illustrated thick boards, 238pp, mainly colour plates. First edition first printing (complete number line 1 - 10)
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy but for an inscription on the front blank fly-leaf
1st editionHardcover
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Gilbert & George - the Complete Pictures 1971 - 1985 (SIGNED COPY)

Rizzoli, New York
1st printing. Large heavy Quarto size (4to) in colour printed glossy card covers. 270pp, colour plates, etc. Inscribed 'Lots of Love from' and signed by both Gilbert and George on the front blank fly-leaf
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy (few spots of slight shelf rub to cover edges)
Signed copy1st editionSoftcover
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Cuneo (Mall Galleries, London - June 1988) SIGNED COPY

Mall Galleries, London
Extra large landscape Quarto size (4to). (approx 17 inches x 12 inches) in gilt embossed green limp gloss card covers over spiral binding. Unpaginated, approx. 80pp on gloss art paper, colour plates, etc. The scarce catalogue to Cuneo's first major exhibition, this copy signed by Cuneo on his self-portrait printed in full colour on the verso of the front cover
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (faint creasing to covers at the spine and fore-edges)
Signed copy1st editionSoftcover
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Piccadilly Circus Future Development - Proposals for A Comprehensive Development by the Planning Consultant Sir William Holford March 1962

London County Council, London
Foolscap quarto size (4to) in stiff card covers. 20pp text plus frontispiece, 4pp plates and 3 leaf folding plan and elevation at rear. The plates show 7 views of models for Holford's proposals for the regeneration of Piccadilly Circus which are largely archetypal late 50's modernist in style, but with some very futurist features including a 'Vertical Feature' (sic) multi-storey tower, fountain cum ice rink, and a hotel with roof design reminiscent of Robert Matthew's Commonwealth Insitute. Perhaps fortunately none of his building proposals went any further than the drawing board, but his plans for the partial pedestrianisation and street layout closely resemble the actual redevelopment carried out in the early 1990's
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (covers slightly tanned)
1st editionSoftcover
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Abdulnasser Gharem - Art of Survival (SIGNED COPY)

Booth-clibborn Editions, London
Large heavy 4to. in thick boards, 191pp, colour plates, etc. This copy inscribed 'Alex' and signed by Abdulnasser Gharem in Arabic and English, along with two of his trademark 'With a bit of commitment - Amen' rubber-stamps
AS NEW in an almost AS NEW Dust Jacket (minute speck of rub to flap fold corner tips, looks new in its protector)
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Tess Jaray - Thresholds (SIGNED COPY)

Royal Academy of Arts, London
Extra Large landscape Quarto size (4to) in dark red cloth, white lettering to spine and decoration to front cover (to a design by Jaray), 38pp, colour plates, etc. One of 275 copies printed, this one signed by Tess Jaray in pencil on the title-page
NEW copy
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The Women of Molise - An Italian Village, 1950 - Words and Pictures by Frank Monaco (SIGNED COPY)

Four Seasons Publishing, Kingston Upon Thames
Landscape 4to in photo illustrated boards, 88pp. This copy signed by Frank Monaco on the title-page
A well preserved NEW copy in a NEW Dust Jacket
Signed copy1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Ana Tzarev - Exposed (Saatchi Gallery, London 18 May - 16 June 2012) (SIGNED COPY)

Saatchi Gallery, London
Extra Large Quarto size (4to). in black cloth with pasted paper label to front cover and thin paper strip to spine (as issued), 116pp on thick glossy art paper, colour plates, etc. This copy inscribed 'Best wishes' and signed by Tzarev on the half title leaf (no other inscriptions)
AS NEW
Signed copy1st editionHardcover
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Restauracion del Santuario de Atotonilco - Patrimonio Mundial / Restoration at the Sanctuary of Atotonilco World Heritage Site

Ediciones La Rana / Instituto Estatal de la Cultura de Guanajuato, Mexico
Large, very heavy 4to in blind embossed brown cloth covered boards, 302pp on thick art paper, colour plates, bibliography, index etc. Dual text in English and Spanish
Almost AS NEW (minute bump to bottom corner tip of front cover) in a very slightly edge-rubbed but otherwise FINE Dust Jacket (looks almost as new in its removable transparent protector)
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Important Early Chinese Ceramics Archaic Bronzes Sculpture Silver and Lacquer From the Works of Art Collection of the British Rail Pension Fund London (Sotheby's, London Auction Catalogue 12 December 1989)

Sotheby's, London
Large 4to. in green cloth covered boards, silver lettering to spine and front cover, unpaginated, approx. 160pp on glossy art paper, 96 lots all or most illustrated in colour (some folding)
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (merest hint of tanning to leaves) in a very faintly edge-creased but otherwise FINE complete Dust Jacket (looks new in its removable transparent protector)
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Palet - Een Boek aan de Hedendaagsche Nederlandsche Schilderkunst

De Spieghel, Amsterdam
1st printing. Large 4to. in cream linen covered boards, gilt lettering to spine and front cover, 151pp on glossy art paper. 53 portrait photos by Citroen of Dutch contemporary artists, each with brief notes and examples of their work. Citroen's first book
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (end-papers and page-block edges tanned, hint of tanning and faint dustiness to covers)
1st editionHardcover
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Ryan McGinley - Moonmilk (Alison Jacques, London 10 September - 8 October 2009)

Morel Books, London
1st printing. Large 8vo in stiff card covers with colour printed stiff paper dust jacket, unpaginated, approx. 110pp on thick art paper, colour photos, etc.
NEW copy in NEW Dust Jacket
1st editionSoftcoverDustjacket
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Drinkers of the Wind - the Arabian Horse - Mystery History and Magic

Thames & Hudson, London
1st printing. Large, very heavy 4to in green cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 256pp on thick glossy art paper, map, colour plates, illustrations in text, bibliography, index etc.
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy in an AS NEW Dust Jacket
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Peter Blake (Tate Gallery, London 9 February - 20 March 1983) With SIGNED PRINT

Tate Gallery, London
Square 4to in colour printed stiff glossy card covers, 136pp, colour plates, bibliography, etc. PLUS 'The Owl & the Pussycat', signed print in its original envelope, and the booklet 'Explanations & Thoughts Toward my Exhibition' both in very fine as new condition and both loosely inserted (as issued)
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (cover spine and page-block edges very slightly tanned)
1st editionSoftcover
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Beginning to End (SIGNED COPY)

Hutchinson, London
1st printing. Octavo size (8vo) in pale yellow faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 233pp. Inscribed to 'Gillian and Richard / With love' (being Gillian Tyndall the novelist and social historian) and signed by the author on the title-page
A well preserved FINE barely read copy (pages slightly tanned, thin sliver of very slight creasing to bottom edge of spine) in a faintly edge-creased BUT otherwise almost AS NEW complete Dust Jacket (spine panel very slightly sunned, looks new in its removable transparent protector)
Signed copy1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Married Past Redemption (SIGNED COPY)

Hutchinson, London
1st printing. Octavo size (8vo) in green faux cloth, silver lettering to spine. 266pp. Inscribed to 'Gillian and Richard / With love' (being Gillian Tyndall the novelist and social historian) and signed by the author on the title-page
An extremely well preserved FINE copy (pages slightly tanned, thin sliver of very slight creasing to spine ends) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
Signed copy1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Les Medailleurs Italiens des Quinzieme et Seizieme Siecles (3 Volumes Complete)

Arnaldo Forni, Bologna
Large Octavo size (8vo) in stiff paper wraps, xviii + 308pp, 368pp; vii + 356 pp, text in French. Complete facsimile of the 1883 edition
FINE a well preserved and very clean and tight largely unopened set (spines a little tanned, sliver of mild soil or tanning to very bottom edge of first 5 leaves of volume 3)
1st editionSoftcover
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