PENNANT, Thomas

Some Account of London. Second Edition.

London, Robert Faulder, 1791.

£350

4to pp. [vi] + 2 (instructions to the binder) 479 [viii]. Modern quarter pigskin, marbled boards. MS ex libris of Samuel Wyat, 1792, the celebrated architect, some foxing to the engraved t.p. and the plates, text fine and large. With all 16 plates, including the folding view of London and Westminster. Pennant belonged to the “hear-say” historians, about whom Hugh Phillips says that “we cannot be grateful enough to them for having gathered this knowledge before it passed away” (Mid-Georgian London, p. 5). “One of the most pleasing topographical performances that has ever appeared. The second edition is much improved.” Lowndes 1824.

 

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NORTHCOTE, James

One Hundred Fables.

London, J. Johnson for Geo. Lawford, 1828.

£1,650

Royal 8vo. Pp. (iii) 272. Large paper copy in publisher’s light brown boards with black title piece, expertly restored spine, a fine copy.

FIRST EDITION. With 280 wooden engraved vignettes in the text designed by James Northcote, and engraved by a team of the most competent wooden engravers of those days, including John Jackson, the most famous of Thomas Bewick’s pupils. One of the principal works in the history of English book illustration.

Chatto & Jackson p 731. Lowndes 1704. Brunet IV 103 et al.

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LOCKHART, J. G.

Ancient Spanish Ballads.

London, Bradbury & Evans for John Murray, 1856.

£450

4to., unpaginated. Profusely illustrated with wood engravings. Publisher’s prospectus included. Publisher’s decorated orange cloth, designed by Owen Jones (“The Grammar of Ornament”), cloth slightly damaged at head and tail, a little wear to corners. A good copy.

The first edition was published in 1841 (“The first time of the true ‘Illuminated Books’ [Ruari McLean, Victorian Book Design, p. 154]).

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WATTS, Alaric A. (ed.) LITERARY SOUVENIR 1832

The Literary Souvenir.

London, Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, 1831.

£120

8vo. pp. (xvi) 344. Signed (Oremnant & Edwards, Paternoster Row) full dark green calf binding with a simple, blind-stamped decoration on both sides, gilt lettering on the back, insignificant foxing on the title page, a very fine and clean copy, all edges gilt.

Bookseller’s ticket preserves (Underwood & Hill, Birmingham), steel engravings after Thos. Lawrence, James Northcote, William Turner, and others.

Faxon 1566.

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WATTS, Alaric A. (ed.) LITERARY SOUVENIR 1830

The Literary Souvenir.

London, Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, 1829.

£120

8vo. (12mo., large paper copy) pp. (xx) 364. 12 steel engravings, printed on India Paper, after paintings and drawings by the prominent artists of those days, one after John Martin. Signed “Cars & Co, Glasgow” binding in full crimson calf with gilt and blind-stamped decoration, all edges gilt.

Faxon 1564.

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WATTS, Alaric A. (ed.) LITERARY SOUVENIR 1828

The Literary Souvenir.

London, Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, 1828 [November 1827].

£150

8vo. (12mo., large paper copy) pp. (xxii) 406. Original dark red half-morocco with gilt back and decorated corners, in early 19th century added side covers of yellow, glazed paper.

With 12 exquisite steel engravings (and extra, engraved title page), printed on India paper, and two wood engraved vignettes by John Thompson after popular artists of those days. Literary contributions by Rob Southey and Coleridge and a number of minor writers. A controversy arose between Coleridge and William Pickering, the publisher, about ‘Coleridge to Alaric A. Watts’ late in 1827 (notice kept with this copy). The poem was supposed to appear first in the Literary Souvenir for 1828 and later in the year in Pickering’s planned 3-volume edition of Coleridge’s Poetical Works (1828), where it appears in volume II p. 82. However, Pickering inserted the poem also in his competing annual the Bijou (p. 144-5), which was launched simultaneously with the Literary Souvenir for that year, i.e. in November 1827. The three versions of the poem are slightly different, though, as Coleridge used to make corrections and changes in his poems in a very casual way. A very nice copy with crisp and clean impressions of the engravings.

Faxon 1562.

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WATTS, Alaric A. (ed.) LITERARY SOUVENIR 1825

The Literary Souvenir.

London, Printed for Hurst, Robinson and Co…and A. Constable & Co. Edinburgh, November 1824.

£125

8vo. (12mo. large paper copy) pp. (xii) 394 (ii advertisements). First year of this annual, large paper issue with extra, engraved title page, the first annual to be printed both in ordinary 12mo. and in a large paper issue. Signed label “Pengellis, Mortimer & Co [etc], Old Court House Street, Calcullta., half, straight-grained light-brown morocco, hinges somewhat weak, insignificant spotting to some pages, a nice copy of one of the most influential annuals.

With 13 full-page steel engravings, printed on India paper, after popular artists of those days, engraved on steel by Charles Heath and other early practitioners of the new time-consuming technique. Literary contributions by i.a. Walter Scott, Thos. Campbell, James Montgomery and a larger number of minor writers. Although estimated to have been in 6000 copies (S. House, Dictionary of British Book Illustrators 1800-1914, p.36) the first year of this trend-setting annual seems to have been in considerable demand as early as November 1826, as the publishers advertise copies of the 1827 edition in exchanges of the unused copy of the 1826 edition (advertisement in the 1827 edition).

Faxon 1559.

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THE KEEPSAKE FOR 1834

THE KEEPSAKE for 1834

London, published by Longman, Rees, Ormes, Brown, Green and Longman. Paris, Rittner and Goupil. Berlin, A. Asher, [1833].

£225

8vo pp. [viii] 312. Contains 16 steel engravings after Turner (2), Stothard, Stanfield and others. Publisher’s full crimson silk binding with gilt lettering on the spine, silk on back, hinges, head- and tail-caps frayed, interior clean, a.e.g. Faxon 1495.

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THE KEEPSAKE FOR 1833

THE KEEPSAKE for 1833

London, published by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green and Longman. Paris, Rittner and Goupil. Frankfurt, Charles J Ygil, [1832].

£225

8vo pp [iv] 308. Contains 17 steel engravings after Turner (2), John Martin, Stanfield and others. Publisher’s full crimson silk binding with gilt lettering on the spine, silk on hinges and tail-cap worn, interior clean, a.e.g. Includes a first printing of Mary Shelley’s tales “The Brother and Sister” and “The Invisible Girl”. Faxon 1494.

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THE KEEPSAKE FOR 1832

THE KEEPSAKE for 1832

London, published by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, [1831].

£225

8vo pp. [iv] 320. Contains 17 steel engravings after Turner (3), John Martin and others. Publisher’s full crimson silk binding with gilt lettering on the spine, silk on back, hinges and tail-cap severely frayed, interior clean, a.e.g. Includes a first printing of Mary Shelley’s tale “The Dream”. Faxon 1493 + Plate 9.

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