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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 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

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $160.00

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  • The Abbe Prevost – A Play by Helen Waddell – First Limited Numbered Signed edition – 1933

    The Abbe Prevost – A Play by Helen Waddell – First Limited Numbered Signed edition – 1933

    Superior production Published by Constable, London in 1933. Signed by the author and numbered 267 of a limited issue of 750 copies. Printed at the “Raven Press” in Harrow with a frontispiece engraved by Horace Walter Bray. Printed on thick cream paper rough cut to fore-edge, gilt to top. Original quarter velum over beige cloth covered boards. Gilt titles to front and spine.

    Very good condition … note on en paper inviting all communications to Miss Waddell’s agent at Lincoln’s Inn.

    A Play by esteemed Irish Playwright Helen Waddell, in a Prologue and Three Acts, over 57 pages, with Dramatis Personae of eight. The Prologue is set twenty years after the main events in the Library of the Chateau of the Prince de Conti. Act I is set in Lenski’s lodgings at the Hague in 173 and II and II in Prevost’s garret in Drury Lane, London in 1733.

    Abbe (Antoine Francois) Prevost (1697-1763) was a Benedictine Priest who fled France for London in 1728 after falling out with the Abbot. He became a teacher and writer and after a love affair with a pupil fled London for the Hague in 1730. There he met the beautiful Lenski (described by others as a lady of doubtful character) … got into trouble with creditors and fled back to London. It is these events which are the subject of this historical drama.

    Back in London, Prevost was briefly imprisoned for forgery. By 1735 he was forgiven by the Catholic faith and returned to Paris in 1735. A prolific writer, whilst all this was going on he published Manon Lescaut in 1731… one of Voyager’s favourites.

    A glimpse into the 18thC Life of Abbe Prevost

    $80.00

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  • Love and The Luxembourg – Richard Aldington – First American, Fine, Limited and Signed – 1930

    Love and The Luxembourg – Richard Aldington – First American, Fine, Limited and Signed – 1930

    Beautiful presentation of Aldington’s lengthy poem a first American edition published by Convici, Friede Inc New York 1930. Limited edition of 475 copies of which this is number 400. The book was designed by Frederic Warde and printed by William Edwin Rudge … signed nicely by Richard Aldington and Frederic Warde.

    Large octavo, 53 pages plus the limitation. Bound in stylish burgundy cloth cover boards with gilt flower design to front with gild boarders and gilt designs to spine. Top edge nicely gilt other edges rough cut. Slipcase as issued. A fine copy.

    Richard Aldington (1892-1962) was a founding poet of the Imagist movement. He fought on the Western Front during WWI and wrote “Death of a Hero” widely acclaimed. Much can be said about him .. his friendships included Ezra Pound (an early mentor), D.H. Lawrence, W.B. Yeats, T.S. Elliot, Joyce, Hemingway .. says it all … what a period!

    Love and the Luxembourg is about his love for American writer Brigit Patmore (For B.) who he was in a relationship with 1928-1936 … he left her for her daughter in law.

    Later in life he wrote a brief biography on T.E. Lawrence which suggested various things previously unsaid about the great man’s character. Aldington was never forgiven for this “abuse” and lived the rest of his life out in France.

    Aldington a special poet with literary contacts

    $80.00

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  • The Bronte Sisters Complete Works – Complete In Twelve Volumes – Finely Bound by Dent London -1893

    The Bronte Sisters Complete Works – Complete In Twelve Volumes – Finely Bound by Dent London -1893

    Published by J. M. Dent of London, 1893 a first in this form. The complete works of the three Bronte Sisters … Charlotte, Emily and Anne.

    Beautifully bound in three quarter leather with floral papered boards, raised bands and six compartments to the spine with bright gilt detail and titles. Top edge nicely gilt. A little scuffing to the rear board on one volume and the odd inoffensive mark. Internally bright and clean no marks or foxing. A very good if not better set.

    Nicely illustrated with three images in each volume engraved by B.S. Greig.

    Comprising Jane Eyre (2 volumes); Wuthering Heights including Agnes Grey (2 volumes);Tenant of Wildfell Hall (2 volumes); Villete (2 volumes); Shirley (2 Volumes) The Professor (1 volume) and Poems (1 volume)

    The sisters hardly require introduction, surely the greatest ever literary family. They lived in Haworth in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Charlotte (1816-1855) was the first to be successful with Jane Eyre; then Emily (1818-1848) with Wuthering Heights both using male nom de plume as was then fashionable. Younger sister Anne (1820-1849) took longer to be recognised before The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was seen for the literary treasure that it is.

    Bronte Sisters Complete 1893 Edition in Fine Bindings. 125 years old.

    $890.00

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  • The Arabian Droll Tales – Translated by Carlo De Fornaro – Limited Numbered Edition 1929

    The Arabian Droll Tales – Translated by Carlo De Fornaro – Limited Numbered Edition 1929

    Published by the Lotus Society, New York 1929. Number 461 of a limited edition of 550. A Zaidenberg illustrator.

    Octavo, 200 pages, original half green cloth and exotic paper covered boards with original stylish paper label to spine. The beautiful paper has some rubbing as usual. Otherwise a very good clean example. Still uncut to a large degree.

    The translator, Carlo De Fornaro (1871-1943), was quiet a character. He later described himself as artist, writer and revolutionary (he got well wrapped up in the politics of Mexico).

    The Droll Tales consist of 13 classic semi-erotic tales from the east including; The Runaway Lover of Thaquif; The Perverse Dervish; The Blemished Virgin; The Dimpled Beauty and The Donkey Driver’s Mistress.

    For those that are nervous … the tales are interesting, fun and rather mild really!

    Lusty tales from Arabia – Presented Nicely

    $80.00

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