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  • The Love Books of Ovid – Illustrated by Jean de Bosschere – 1925 – Super Copy

    The Love Books of Ovid – Illustrated by Jean de Bosschere – 1925 – Super Copy

    Full title … “The Love Books of Ovid being the Amores [The Loves], Ars Amatoria [The Art of Love], Remedia Amoris [The Cure for Love] and Medicamina Faciei Femineae [Women’s Facial Cosmetics] of Publius Ovidus Naso translated out of the Latin by J. Lewis May”.

    With the extravagant illustrations of the great Jean De Bosschere, Voyagers favourite book illustrator of all time.

    Published by the Bodley Head in 1925 number 1583 of a limited edition of 3000. Large octavo (24cm by 16cm). This is the finest copy we have seen partly because we have the original dust jacket which is as scarce as hen’s teeth. The beautiful blue covers with lavish gilt work were also designed by Bosschere. The many illustrations of which several are in striking colour are a little naughty but oh so natural to the stories of Publius Ovidious.

    Best copy of The Love Book – superbly illustrated


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  • Life and Adventurers of Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe – 1880 Illustrated Edition

    Life and Adventurers of Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe – 1880 Illustrated Edition

    Life and Adventurers of Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe – Now first correctly reprinted from the original edition of 1719, with an introduction by William Lee

    Very nice Victorian decorative edition of Robinson Crusoe. Published by Frederick Warne, London. Whilst there is no date the introduction by Warne is dated 1869; whilst the advertisements at the rear contain the date 1879, so we believe published circa 1880.

    Octavo, 517 pages plus the aforementioned adverts. One hundred original illustrations by Ernest Griset. Striking decorative red cloth covered boards with a delightful gilt Crusoe. Similar treatment to spine. A little shaken and showing some age, a strip cut from top of title, regardless a good copy of a sought after edition.

    Carry’s the preface to the original edition, followed by the twelve page introduction by Defoe expert Lee. Excellent references to Alexander Selkirk (Selcraig) the inspiration for the story.

    Collectable Robinson Crusoe – c1880 – Lovely Pictorial Boards


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  • Australian Vintage Children’s Puzzle Blocks – c1920’s

    Australian Vintage Children’s Puzzle Blocks – c1920’s

    A nice set with six (obviously) pictorial puzzles to solve. Produced in Australia with artwork by “T and C Print”. Nice condition and a lovely example of the challenges that children were given before the iphone and a lot more.

    Stress free (for you) educational puzzle for the very young – a future treasure to be handed down …


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  • Stories of King Arthur & His Knights – U Waldo Cutler (After Malory) – 1911

    Stories of King Arthur & His Knights – U Waldo Cutler (After Malory) – 1911

    Published by George Harrap, London in 1914 a first edition of this type.

    Retold from Malory’s “Morte DArthur” by Uriel Waldo Cutler (1854-1936). Cutler’s efforts well recognised and first in print in 1904

    Octavo, 236 pages with a lovely pictorial cover and spine in pretty good condition. Prize label on front end paper to some bright spark dated 1921.

    Nicely illustrated with a striking colour frontispiece of “Sir Lancelot before the Cross” by Stella Langdale. Fourteen other full page plates from work by Rosseti, Burne-Jones and others.

    The legendary tales were first put down in one place by George of Monmouth in the early thirteen century. In the fifteenth century Sir Thomas Malory produced the definitive work “Le Morte Darthur” completed in 1470, This was at the time Caxton really got going with his printing press so Malory’s work was destined to be promoted and preserved.

    Naturally, the language and expression of Malory’s writing reflects the period and “modern” writers have edited the text to be readable nowadays. Waldo Cutler did a magnificent job and presents Arthur here in 42 progressive tales.

    A scarce nicely presented Arthur


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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!


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  • Romances of Old Japan – Yukio Ozaki – 1920

    Romances of Old Japan – Yukio Ozaki – 1920

    A special book, rendered into English by Madame Yukio Ozaki. A second printing 1920 a year after the first.

    Small quarto, 278 pages with numerous beautiful illustrations, many coloured. Printed at the Complete Press, West Norwood, London and published by Simpkin, Marshall et al. Some light foxing more-so at the ends. Unusual pictorial title page (shown). Rather striking original purple cloth covered boards with lavish gilt work front including Mt Fuji and a Samurai sword and fan arrangement. Nice condition although the back board has suffered a blow which has left a indent which has somewhat spoiled the overall look. Other than that a very good copy.

    The tales recounted include … The quest of the Sword; the Tragedy of Kesa Gozen; The Spirit of the Lantern; The reincarnation of Tama; The Lady in the Picture and six others.

    Special Japanese Stories Nicely Illustrated


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