The Works of Mr. Thomson…

London, printed for A. Miller, 1738.


8vo in 2 vols (The 2nd vol t.p. has the added lines: “With Alterations and Additions”) pp. 277 [viii] 75 [v]; [viii] 238 [vii] 71 [i]. Contemporary calf, rebacked, slight waterstain to the t.p. in vol. 1, in good condition with clean sharp impression of the plates. Volume 2 incorporates the first edition of Agamemnon: British Library only has vol I. (according to CHEL, X p. 447). This is the first collected edition with uniform t.p. of the two volumes. With 5 engravings on copper in volume 1, executed by Fourdrinier after W. Kent. Fourdrinier’s designs first appeared in 4to-size in the 1730 edition of Thomson’s works. A 1744 edition is mistakenly regarded as their first 8vo size appearance (Hammelmann p. 58). Lowndes 2670.


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The Season…

London, printed for John Sharpe…by Charles Whittingham, Chiswick, 1824.


Tall 12mo pp. 215. Dedication from one young girl to another neatly calligraphed on flyleaf. Publisher’s presentation binding in full, Prussian blue calf with gilt back and border decoration and blind-stamped neo-classic motif on both boards; marbled endpapers and edges. “Sharpe’s Edition” with engraved t.p. and 4 other engravings on copper, all dated “1819”, by Heath after Westall. An interesting and very charming Regency book and binding in perfect condition.



The Mine, or Subterranean Wonders.

London, Grant and Griffith, [1845].


Large 16mo (5.5 x 4.5 inches) pp 252 [xxxii – advertisements]. Lowndes 2582. Publisher’s decorated red cloth. Bookplate (“la Baronne Barbe de Plessen, nee Princesse Gagarine”). Intended to give information to children about the techniques, practices and benefits of mining. The many illustrations convey to present day readers a vivid picture of the hard and cruel conditions for women and children coal bearers, whereas the text is an unconditioned eulogy on Industrialism. The Russian Princess Gagarine was married to the Danish ambassador von Plessen to the Court of St. Petersburg. A fine copy.



The Chase; a Poem.

London, printed by William Bulmer and Co. 1802. [Half title idem, but] Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, Strand, 1804.


Square 8vo. p [vii] [vii-xxiii] 6 6-105 [i]. Full calf binding. This is the 2nd issue of the 8vo edition (1802) with Wooden engravings by Thomas Bewick after the designs of his brother John Bewick. The most uncommon of the two 8vo issues, which followed the 4to edition of 1796. The vignettes in this pendant to the “Poems of Goldsmith and Parnell” (8vo edition in 1804) are usually thought to be among the best work executed by Thomas Bewick. Nice, clean copy with fine sharp impressions of the engravings.


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London, Smith, Elder & Co, 1851.


8vo pp 68 (i). Bound, uncut with original light blue paper covers in modern, blue half morocco with marbled boards by Lars Sandgreen of Copenhagen in 1974. First edition of this early treatise in defence of the so-called Pre-Raphaelites – in Ruskin’s terms surprisingly also including William Turner, his everlasting idol in painting.


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ROGERS, Samuel




London printed for T. Cadell, Strand; and E. Moxon, Dover-Street 1834


Crown 8vo pp. 296. Full, green crushed morocco, unsigned but definitely by Hayday (Ramsden, p. 78); except of the Roman urn on the sides identical with the copy of Italy (above) and with a copy of the Poems in the Danish Royal Library (press mark 75ii-156) signed “Bound by Hayday.” With 72 engraved vignettes after designs by J.M.W. Turner and Thos. Stothard, the majority after Turner.

Unquestionably the most famous and frequently praised book illustrated with steel engravings. Turner’s illustrations are “vignettes, a form of art which Turner understood better than any artist ever did before, perhaps we might add, since. The ‘Alps at Daybreak,’ ‘Columbus Discovering Land,’ and ‘Datur Hora Queti’ may be given as examples of the finest” (Encyclopaedia Britannica 11th Edition). “Of outstanding beauty and importance” (Muir p. 71).

Unfoxed copies are uncommon, and finely bound copies of the first edition in that condition are rare. A fine copy.

Rawlinson p. 373-405.


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ROGERS, Samuel

The Pleasures of Memory…

London, printed by Thomas Bensley [etc], 1801.


12mo pp (vi) 188. Large Paper copy on copper-plate paper. With 15 delicate engravings on copper by Charles Heath after Stothard (see A. C. Coxhead, Stothard, 1906, p. 120-22). Set in Bell Roman and finely printed on heavy Whatman paper (watermarked “1794”) by Bensley in an edition of only 100 copies (see Th. Besterman, Cadell & Davies, 1938, p. xxxi). Contemporary calf with gilt spine, gilt borderline on sides, marbled endpapers. Fine copy.



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Wanderings by the Loire.

London, published by the proprietor, by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman and Rittner and Goupil, Paris, 1833.


Roy 8vo pp (viii) 256. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PUBLISHED STATE, Extra engraved t.p. with engraved lines “Turner’s Annual Tour 1833”. India proofs before letters, large paper issue. All twenty-one engravings on steel dated “1832” within plate mark. Signed (Binder’s ticket “F. Westley, Binder Friar St.”) publisher’s presentation binding in full dark green morocco with gilt sides and back, rubbing to hinges, endpapers of silk, a.e.g. Ritchie wrote the text only to accompany Turner’s views, which were all engraved by the team of steel engravers, that he had trained and whose work he scrupulously supervised, including Miller, Brandard and Goodall. Two more “annual tours” were published, 1834 and 1835, and the three independent volumes were each and together reprinted a number of times with less and less care and increasing wear showing in the plates. In 1857 they were finally gathered into a single volume, and henceforth published under the title of “Turner’s Liber Fluviorum”. A fine copy, with both text and printed in immaculate condition. Rawlinson, II p. 257, Lowndes 2723.





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RATHBONE, Hannah Mary

The Diary of Lady Willoughby…

London, imprinted for Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1845.


Large 12mo (counted 4to) pp 220. Embossed, maroon full publishers presentation binding, signed Hayday, with small inscribed vellum panels on both boards, three sided gilt and tooled edges. Updike II p. 199 + fig 339. Fictitious novel by Hannah Mary Rathbone (1798-1878) second edition, the first edition having appeared in 1844 in similar typographical make-up. A book famous in printing history for reviving the Caslon Old Face font, and signalling the end of an era dominated by lean and ugly Modern Face characters in English books. The chief typographic event of the mid-nineteenth century (D.B. Updike, Printing Types, 3rd ed., 1952). The first edition is set in Caslon 16 pt, this second edition is re-set in 14 pt. but retains all the typographic features that created the importance of this pastiche on late 17th century layout. A very nice copy.

POE, Edgar Allan

The Poetical Works.

London, W. Kent & Co (Late D. Bogue), 1859. Foolscap 8vo pp. 188 [iv].


Illustrated with wood engravings by the bros. Dalziel after Wehnert, James Godwin, Hulme, Weir and Anelay. Publisher’s blind-pressed red cloth with gilt sides, back discoloured and caps very lightly torn, interior clean. a.e.g. One of the earliest English illustrated editions of Poe’s poems, dedicated to Rossetti.