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  • Was Jane Austen Happy in Bath? – Nigel Nicolson

    Was Jane Austen Happy in Bath? – Nigel Nicolson

    Jane Austen lived at No 4 Sydney Place, Bath with her parents between 1801 and 1806. Many authorities suggest Austen was much more at home in the country .. and in fact did not like urban living.

    Nigel Nicolson explores the evidence that suggest the contrary regarding her time at Bath. This work relates to a lecture given by Nicolson at the Holburne Museum of Art on 27th June 2002. And published by the Museum.

    Octavo, card cover with separate wrapping jacket, 23 pages plus (oddly named) a page of “footnotes at the end. A nice little production I fine condition.

    Nigel Nicolson (1917-2004) was the son of Sir Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville West. He was a prolific writer and publisher … including works on Austen, Virginia Woolf and his mother of whom he wrote openly about her bisexuality which in the day caused a bit of a surprise.

    A special one for the Jane Austen fans by a distinguished authority.

    $40.00

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  • Fine Binding by Riviere The Lays of Ancient Rome – Lord Macaulay

    Fine Binding by Riviere The Lays of Ancient Rome – Lord Macaulay

    A new edition published in the 1890’s by Longmans, Green, Reader & Dyer, London.

    Larger form octavo, 210 pages with numerous illustrations original to this edition and some drawn from the “antique” by George Scharf.

    A beautiful full red leather binding by the distinguished binder Riviere. Heavy gold work to boards and spine all edges richly gilt, marbled endpapers with gilt rolls inside board and along board edges. Riviere stamp discretely inside front free endpaper. A little rubbing but still a very good copy that would make a smashing gift.

    For those unaware Macaulay’s Lays are narrative poems recounting events in Ancient Rome. They were written when he was bored in India during his early twenties. They are regarded as a classic … Winston Churchill memorised them while at Harrow to shore up shortcomings in his academic achievements.

    Beautifully bound solid history … a Churchill favourite

    $190.00

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  • The Human Factor – Graham Greene – Australian First Edition

    The Human Factor – Graham Greene – Australian First Edition

    A first Australian edition published by The Bodley Head in Australia, Sydney in 1978.

    Octavo, 339 pages top edge stained lilac as required. Very good if not better condition with a super dust jacket.

    Graham Green himself an ex spy back in the world of spies. “Out of reality are our tales of imagination fashioned” – superb Greene. A leak has occurred in SIS and a suspicions and tensions build. Among a number of characters, Maurice Castle, dull but brilliant enjoys sausages for lunch at Voyager Bill’s favourite pub … must be smarter than they think!

    Australian First Greene out Spying.

    $40.00

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  • The Private History of the Court of England –  An Expose – Sarah Green – 1808

    The Private History of the Court of England – An Expose – Sarah Green – 1808

    Two volumes, second “corrected” edition published by the Author. Small, 287, 252 pages bound in contemporary half red roan, with really rather striking marbled paper rubbed a little at joints and ends, very clean internally, a very good set of a rare item.

    A political satire, secret history and sexual expose exploring the sexual morality of Regency Society through a historical novel based on King Edward IV. Irish born, Sarah Green (1790-1825) wrote this at an early age … people grew up more quickly then. Sadly she died young. Although we can find references to novels she purportedly wrote around the time of her birth so we question the official record.

    Rare expose on Regency Society ………. Sure to entertain ..

    $160.00

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  • The Songs of Meleager – Frederick Rolfe  – Fine Private Press 1937

    The Songs of Meleager – Frederick Rolfe – Fine Private Press 1937

    A fine private printing for The First Edition Club by the Chiswick Press, London, 1937.

    Made into English with designs by Frederick Baron Corvo (Fr. Rolfe) in collaboration with Sholto Douglas. The excellent preface by A.J.A. Symons gives an excellent background to the talented Baron Corvo (one of his many pseudonyms) and the academic Sholto Douglas.

    A beautiful presentation designed by Christopher Sandford. Octavo, 132 pages. Text in original Greek to the left with translation facing. Gilt decorated green cloth covered binding, top edge gilt. Printed in Monotype Poliphilus Roman and new Hellenic Greek type on Eynsford Mill Toned Wove Had-made paper. The binding executed by the Leighton-Straker Bookbinding Co.

    Rolfe’s translation was based on that of Frederick Jacobs circa 1813. The work had been begun by Douglas … revised and improved by Rolfe to the point that they fell out over the matter. The illustrations had been prepared for a previous abandoned edition … seemingly Rolfe quarrelled there also. Testy chap.

    Melaeger was born in Gurada, Jordan in the 1st Century BC a time when Jordan was very much under the Greek influence. He lived in Kos later in life. He was the first to compile the epigrams of others, wrote satirical prose and sensual poetry.

    A beautiful unusual work – makes a perfect gift

    $160.00

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  • The Hermit of Warkworth – Catnach Press Alnwick Northumberland – Thomas Percy 1806 – Special Provenance

    The Hermit of Warkworth – Catnach Press Alnwick Northumberland – Thomas Percy 1806 – Special Provenance

    This work had been published in the 1770’s in London. Penned by Thomas Percy and concerning his family.

    This edition is of special interest as it was produced by James Catnach of Catnach Press, Alnwick, Northumberland (the seat of the Percy family), Catnach Press has a special position in the history of English printing. The illustrations from wood cuts by Thomas Bewick who would become famous for his beautiful natural history engraving particularly birds. Catnach was to publish a work based on Buffon.

    Special provenance … owned by George Skelly September 19th, 1861 who was an expert on Catnach and lived at The Market Place, Alnwick. If you have never been there, then you should it’s a magical place. There is an inscription from Skelly to Charles Hindley dated Alnwick June 9th, 1876. Hindley a prolific author was to write the definitive history of the Catnach Press and separately James Catnach. He records his thanks for assistance given by Skelly in both.

    The Hermit of Warkworth a Northumberland Ballad in Three Fits (Parts), 170 four line verses in all. Marked as a second edition but dated as the first 1806. Dedication to the Duchess of Northumberland dated October 1805. Small octavo, 102 pages, the equivalent of the last three pages has been bound in in manuscript. Exceptionally neat and in the hand of gift giver George Skelly. The work also contains a short poem to the Duchess; and an “Advertisement” referencing Warkworth Castle and the Hermitage (another special place … more so) and Brinkburn Priory; and the Postscript which deals with the history of the Hermitage. At the end of each “Fit” are a few pages of notes regarding the use of language, places, historical events etc.

    We must give you a few lines from the First “Fit”.

    Dark was the night, and wild the storm,
    And loud the torrent’s roar;
    And loud the sea was heard to dash
    Against the distant shore.

    Musing on man’s weak hapless state,
    The lonely hermit lay;
    When, lo! He heard a female voice
    Lament in sore dismay.

    With hospitable haste he rose,
    And wak’d his sleeping fire:
    And snatching up a lighted brand,
    Forth hied the reverened sire.

    All sad beneath a neighbouring tree
    A beauteous maid he found,
    Who beat her breast, and with her tears
    Bedew’d the mossy ground

    O weep not, lady, weep not so;
    Nor let vain fears alarm;
    My little cell shall shelter thee,
    And keep thee safe from harm.

    The Hermit of Warkworth – Based on a True story – and another Magical Place … we love it!

    $220.00

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