New York: Mahlon Day, Printer, 1827. Full Leather. First Edition. 273 pp. Subtitle, Cont: "Authors, Ancient and Modern. To which are added some Biographical Sketches from the earliest ages of the world to nearly the Present time. Also, Extensive Scripture lessons. Being the result of twenty-two years' application." "By a Friend to General Improvement." Tree Calf covers are a little edgeworn, but really very good. Spine has red leather title block, gilt rules. Leather is eroding at joints; hinges holding fine. Ink p.o. on first fly. Intermittent foxing throughout, not serious. This volume contains extracts from Young's "Night Thoughts"; from Cowper's "Task" and "Tirocinium"; from Pope's "Essay on Man" and his "Prayer"; from Thomson's "Seasons"; and, comprising more than half the book, extracts from the...
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1868. Sofcover. As. 257 pp. + pub. ads. Tan and brown pictorial paper cover is soiled, worn along edges, and chipped at lower front corner. Soiled spine has several closed tears. Pencil p.o. on title page. Publisher's ads inside both covers, yet another on blue paper laid in before title page. Printed in double columns. Binding holding. Slight foxing. Very Good.
Paris: Baudry's European Library, 1843. Hardcover. 367 pp. Covers of finely ribbed cloth are stamped with rules and center frame, front and back. Spine is faded to a light green, has bright gilt title and trim. Minimal edgewear, with corners bumped. Ffep has a small section of upper edge clipped out, and the half-title page is missing the upper corner, neatly cut away. Except for a little sporadic foxing, this volume is excellent. Volume CCCLXXXVI of the Collection of Ancient and Modern British Authors. Good.
Boston: Loring. Hard Cover. As. 64 pp. Brown leather and marbled boards w/matching marbled eps. Eps are stained along edges where they came in contact w/leather. Spine w/stamped gilt lettering and two raised bands is cracked at hinges. Bottom 1/4 of front cover is coming loose at spine. Some minor shelf-wear to covers and spine. T.e.g. Title page is stained, foxed and aged. Text is aged and lower edges and right hand corners are stained throughout. Each chapter begins with a decorative initial letter. Very Good+.
London: George Allen, 1883. Wraps. First Edition. Lecture I: Realistic Schools of Painting. 35 pp. Occasional lining in margins. Lecture II: Mythic Schools of Painting. 33 pp. Two instances of marginalia. Lecture III: Classic Schools of Painting. 38 pp. Lecture IV: Fairy Land. 40 pp. Lecture V: The Fireside. 36 pp. Vol. 6 in an appendix and index. 47 pp. All are in pale tan wraps, basically in excellent condition, although there are a few signs of age. All volumes are stamped at upper front with previous owner's name.
Ruskin was a leading author, poet, artist, art critic and social thinker of 19th Century England. Very Good.
London: George Allen, 1884. Wraps. First Edition. 4to. Lecture I: The Pleasures of Learning. 36 pp. Leson II: The Pleasures of Faith. 39 pp. Lecture III: The Pleasures of Deed. 38pp. Lecture IV: The Pleasures of Fancy. 35 pp. The latter 3 volumes indicate that the lectures were given in Michaelmas Term, 1884. All are in pale tan wraps, with varying degrees of age and soil. Although there is some edgewear, unopened pages indicate that volumes one and two were never read. Volumes two and three have detached covers, and all covers havee some foxing. Ruskin was a leading author, poet, artist, art critic and social thinker of 19th Century England. This is a scarce set of his lectures on British life. Very Good.
London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1906. Full Leather. As. 254 pp. An absolutely exquisite full Morocco binding signed by Hatchards marred only by traces of dampstains without and within. Reddish brown leather is stamped with rules, some in gilt, some decorated with tiny gilt balls, all surrounding a center device of lacy frame surrounding leaves and tiny balls. Five raised bands on spine, which is similarly decorated. A dampstain spans the fore-edges of covers both front and back, widening at top & bottom. Eps are sage green, with cover leather bindings wrapping over, ruled thrice in gilt. AEG. First fly has p.o. sig., shadow at edges. Another blank is dated May 1913 in ink. Title page lettered in red and black. A 38-pp. preface is followed...
Philadelphia: B. Warner, 1821. Calf Binding. Presumed First American Edition. 278 pp. Vol. I only, of two volumes. Covers are aged, scratched and edge-worn. Corners are bumped. Spine, with faded gilt lettering and rules, is cracked and heavily worn at ends. Several front and rear eps have pieces torn off or have been torn out completely. Text is heavily aged, browned foxed and/or stained. Rear pages are wormed. Cross reference: our book #001555. Good.
Boston: Etheridge and Bliss, 1807. Leather. First Edition. First American Edition. 180 pp. 12mo. Tree calf covers have tan title block, gilt lettering on spine. Leather cracked at front joint. Evidence of dentelles along edges, but 200 years have eroded most of them. Ink p.o. on both half-title and title pages. Few penciled doodles here and there, aged as is the stock. Book is intermittently foxed. Binding holding nicely. Very Good.
London: J. Bell, 1787. Full Leather. As. 502, 522, 511,482 pp. 24mo. Black & white frontispiece portrait. Each volume has a black & white title page vignette. Subtitle to Vol. 1: "From the text of Mr. Upton, etc. With the life of the author......Printed under the direction of J. Bell, British Library, Strand, Bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales." Brown calf covers have inside gilt dentelles, gilt bands and star design on spine with title blocks in red leather on spine. All volumes show some wear at hinges, but in no case is binding compromised. All have lightly bumped corners. Each has a bookplate pasted on front pastedown which has ghosted a bit to first free enedpaper. The armorial bookplates belonged to...
New York: Derby & Jackson, 1856. Hardcover. Only Complete American Edition. 431 pp. Covers and spine are covered with blind-stamped decorations. Spine lettering, and some of the decoration, were at one time gilded. Covers and spine are aged and worn, particularly along edges where they have begun to fray. Spine ends are frayed and torn. Corners are bumped and frayed. Frontis engraving, with protective tissue, of "Jonathan Swift D.D., Dean of St. Patrick's Dublin." Frontis and tissue are foxed. Text is aged and occasionally foxed, but crisp. Very Good.
London: Elkin Mathews & Marrot Ltd., 1926. Red Cloth. 260 pp. B/w ills. Fine-textured red cloth has gilt frame upper front with bright gilt lettering front and spine. Slightest of creases to spine ends, one tiny puncture mark to lower edge near front corner. Untrimmed edges all around. Frontis is an original lithograph signed by Ethel Gabain; eight more full-page ills. A beautiful copy. Near Fine.
London: MacMillan and Co., 1923. Hardcover. As. Vol. VII only, of 9 volumes. 612 pp. Front cover and spine have blind-stamped, bright gilt rules. Spine has blind-stamped, bright gilt lettering. Covers warped. Covers and spine are aged and shelf-worn. Spine ends are bumped, worn and chipped. Corners frayed. Edges are slightly aged and soiled. Interior is aged and is occasionally soiled.
Inscribed, in ink, on ffep, "Dear George -- [possibly George S. Kaufman?] It is a far, far, better thing I do, than S. Maugham -- and D. Parker. Moss Hart. October 1943. Courtesy of Dinah Sheean." Very Good.
Edinburgh: James Nichol, 1853. Full-Leather. As. 327 pp + 284 pp. Shenstone. Subtitle: "With Life, Critical Dissertation, and Explanatory Notes by the Rev. George Gilfillan. Followed in the same binding with "The Poetical Works of William Shenstone. With Life, Critical Dissertation, and Explanatory Notes, by the Rev. George Gilfillan"; publisher on this listed as D. Appleton of New York, 1854. Leather covers ruled in gilt with gilt dentelle edges. Spine has six compartments, all heavily gilded in a decorative design, with title block which reads: "Young & Shenstone." All edges marbled. Corners all rubbed, with uniform edgewear. Covers are soiled, really only very lightly worn. Marbled eps match the book edges, with a bubble pattern of dark blue and orange on a red background. Ffep...