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BULLER Sir Walter Lawry The Birds of New Zealand
London: Published for the subscribers by the Author, 1888. Second Edition. Two volumes imperial quarto : pp lxxiv, 250, 6; xv, 359 : 50 plates (48 chromolithographed and hand-finished) by Kuelemans : all edges gilt : original boards with bird designs in gilt to top boards : sympathetically re-backed in green calf with five raised bands :INSCRIBED by Buller in volume one, "Captain Fairchild, with best wishes of the Author, W. Buller, May 24, 1891"... Limited to 1000 copies for subscribers only, Buller's second edition was larger, revised, and with many more plates than the original...
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BLAKE, William; THORNTON, Robert John. The Pastorals of Virgil...
London: 1821. 2 vols., small octavo, xii (lacking vii/viii), 12, xxiv ( lacking i - iv), 214 pp; [I], [215]-592 pp. With an engraved frontispiece to each volume, and 230 illustrations including three maps (two folding), 17 woodcuts and 6 engraved plates by Blake, and four other designs by Blake engraved by others. Original sheep rebacked to style, in a quarter calf box (just starting to show wear at the corners). The first volume is very good internally though showing more age-toning and with just the occasional fox mark and offsetting from prints, the second volume is very good. Item #22
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MILTON, John. The Poetical Works of Mr John Milton
London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, at Shakespeare's Head in the Strand, 1720. Complete in two volumes : Quarto : pp. (12) 590 (13); (8) 527 (1, blank) : cream endpapers : portrait frontis of Milton to both volumes (G. Vertue sculp.), and numerous elaborate head- and tailpieces and historiated initials : contemporary calf boards with gilt tooled edges : five raised bands to spines : red leather title panels and green leather volume panels lettered in gilt : foliated gilt decorations to the other panels : vol. two with armorial bookplate to front paste-down.
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DICKENS, Charles. Little Dorritin (in original parts)
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1855-1857. First Edition in original parts. (20 Parts published in 19). Housed in a custom made silk solander box with leather labels. All plates present including the dark plates and the Frontispiece and Vignette Title. Includes Rigaud for Bladois at Part 15 (ten times as per Smith 1:12), errata slip in Part 16, and the Preliminary Leaves in Parts 19 & 20. A good set, neatly repaired and beautifully presented. (Smith 1:12; Hatton and Cleaver pp. 305-330). Item #795
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ELIOT, George. Romola
Leipzig: BernhardTauchnitz, 1863. Copyright edition. vellum. Small octavo : two volumes bound in one : + 328+ vi + 310 (2, blank) : bound in full vellum decorated in elaborate gilt : all edges gilt, concealing aFINE FORE EDGE PAINTING : foliate printed endpapers with label of G. Brogi on the verso of f.f.e.p. Title on top board slightly faded, some slight darkening to the vellum at edges and corner. Both volumes lack a half title page but conform to Todd and Bowden 682Aa and 683A in all other respects. In other words, a first Tauchnitz impression of this title. Near fine. Item #1558
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BLAKE, WIlliam. Illustrations of the Book of Job.
London: John Linnell, March 8, 1825 [i.e. London: John Linnell, 1874]. posthumous printing. Large folio, title-page and 21 plates printed on India paper. Mounted on large sheets as issued, enclosed in a blue linen folder within a blue morocco box lettered in gilt. The box is slightly worn at the corners and with some marks on the back. Bookplate of Robert Pirie. Also enclosed is a letter to Mr Pirie from the British Museum of London dated 24th February, 1959. The Holdgate brothers printed 100 sets for Mr Linnell. A very good set with minor foxing. Very good. Item #2.
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