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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

    $170.00

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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

    $70.00

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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 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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  • The Songs of Sappho – Miller and Robinson – Fine Production 1925

    The Songs of Sappho – Miller and Robinson – Fine Production 1925

    A beautiful edition published by Frank-Maurice, New York in 1925.

    Longer Title … “the Songs of Sappho – Including the Recent Egyptian Discoveries – The Poems of Erinna – Greek Poems about Sappho – Ovid’s Epistle of Sappho to Phaon”. Translated by Marion Mills Miller (Editor of “The Classics – Greek and Latin”) with Greek texts prepared and annotated and literally translated in prose by David Moore Robinson, Professor in Classics, John Hopkins University.

    Large octavo, 435 pages, rough cut page edges as issued. Very good near fine copy, original green boards with quarter vellum to spine with gilt titles. Top edge richly gilt. A limited edition of 750 copies. Ten full page plates.

    Sappho (630BC – 570BC) was an archaic Greek poet from the island of Lesbos. Sappho is best known for her poems about love and women. Most of the poetry is now lost and surviving items are mainly in fragments, except for one complete poem “Ode to Aphrodite”. Little is known of Sappho’s life, although likely from a wealthy family. Sappho was exiled to Sicily around 600BC … legend surrounds her love for the ferryman Phaon.

    Sappho’s work has continued to influence writers. Beyond her poetry she is known as a symbol of love and desire between women.

    From “Old Love is Best”’ …
    “Whose soft footfall sets my heart a-bounding
    Wilder than when the clarions are sounding;
    Whose bright face hath power more to charm me
    Than Lydia’s army!”

    Finely bound beautiful Sappho – 1925

    $120.00

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  • Horace – Horatii Fiacci Opera – Munro and King – Bickers Binding – 1869

    Horace – Horatii Fiacci Opera – Munro and King – Bickers Binding – 1869

    A delightful copy of “Horace” illustrated by with well over 100 classical cameos or “gems” and bound in superb style by Bickers and Sons of London with their discrete stamp at the front.

    Published by Bell and Dalby, London in 1869. Large octavo, with 456 pages after preliminaries, the back section of the book being a lengthy and scholarly description of the said “gems”.

    The Latin text revised by Munro and the “gems” selected and detailed by King both Fellows of Trinity College Cambridge.

    Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65BC – 8 BC) known as “Horace” was a leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus. This is a well-produced and scholarly edition and we learn in the preface that the “gems” are authentic, whilst earlier attempts to illustrate Horace have succumbed to using inappropriate “modernised” versions etc.

    The Bickers binding is full red morocco, spine panelled with raised bands, gilt lines to spine and boards, marbled endpapers with gilt rolled borders internally and to board edges, all page edges richly gilt. All a trifle rubbed … a solid a special binding. The shading on the right hand (front) board is our scanner not the board .. sorry!

    Nice inscription on endpaper … a gift to the Rev Mayo M.A. by his “Horace” class at Fauconberg School in Beecles … the distinguished grammar school was formed by Dr Fauconberg in 1712

    Best Illustrated “Horace” in Bickers Binding

    $140.00

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