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BACON, Francis, Viscount St. Alban, 1561-1626 : [THE ESSAYS OF FRANCIS BACON].

BACON, Francis, Viscount St. Alban, 1561-1626 : [THE ESSAYS OF FRANCIS BACON].

London : Arthur L. Humphreys, 1903. Second Humphreys edition. A handsomely printed and bound edition of some of the finest essays in the language. Fifty-eight essays from “Of Truth” to “Of Vicissitude of Things” – “Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man”.
Pott 4to (164 x 122mm). viii,(324)pp. Title-page in red and black. Bound (for Hatchard’s) in an elegant contemporary half crimson crushed morocco, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; marbled endleaves; a few minor signs of age and use, but a very good and handsome copy.

£125

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DUKE, Arthur, 1580-1649 : THE LARKE : A SEVENTEENTH CENTURY POEM ASCRIBED TO DR ARTHUR DUKE.

DUKE, Arthur, 1580-1649 : THE LARKE : A SEVENTEENTH CENTURY POEM ASCRIBED TO DR ARTHUR DUKE.

London : Privately Printed in the Department of English at University College London, 1934. First edition. A previously unpublished seventeenth-century poem, ascribed to Arthur Duke, and here edited and hand-printed by Geoffrey Tillotson (1905-1969) and A. H. Smith on a hand-press at University College.
Foolscap 4to (23cm). [8]pp. Original pictorial wrappers depicting the hand-press and giving a date of 1935; a little spotted, but overall a very good copy.

£20

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HERBERT, George, 1593-1633 : THE WORKS OF GEORGE HERBERT IN PROSE AND VERSE.

HERBERT, George, 1593-1633 : THE WORKS OF GEORGE HERBERT IN PROSE AND VERSE.

London : William Pickering, 1853. A handsomely produced edition of one of the earliest collected works of the Sweet Singer of the Temple, printed at the Chiswick Press and here in a highly attractive binding by Roger de Coverley & Sons. Originally published in 1835-1836 and including all the extant poems, letters, etc., then known, with lives of Herbert by Izaak Walton and Barnabas Oley, notes by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, etc.
Two volumes. Demy 8vo (217 x 139mm). xii,414; (xxviii),384pp. Engraved frontispieces. Title-pages in red and black. Bound in a stylish early twentieth-century full crushed chestnut morocco, banded and gilt; all edges gilt; a few faint marks; endleaves tanned from turn-ins, but overall a very good set indeed.

£250

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HERRICK, Robert, 1591-1674 : HESPERIDES : THE POEMS AND OTHER REMAINS OF ROBERT HERRICK NOW FIRST COLLECTED.

HERRICK, Robert, 1591-1674 : HESPERIDES : THE POEMS AND OTHER REMAINS OF ROBERT HERRICK NOW FIRST COLLECTED.

London : John Russell Smith, 1869. First Hazlitt edition of “the greatest song writer ever born of English race” (Swinburne). After the neglect of almost two centuries, the most complete collection of Herrick’s work to have appeared up until that time, adding a number of poems never previously printed, as well as alternative versions of a number of poems, further poems attributed to Herrick, and a number of surviving letters, a biography, etc. Edited and introduced by William Carew Hazlitt (1834-1913) in the “Library of Old Authors” series.
Two volumes. Crown 8vo (195 x 124mm). xxx,(1)-256,256*; [iv],(257)-526pp. Portrait frontispiece. Facsimiles. Bound in an elegant later (early twentieth-century) half red crushed morocco, banded and prettily gilt by John Ramage (1836-1911) & Co.; top edges gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; a very good set indeed.

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JONSON, Ben (Benjamin), 1572-1637 : POEMS.

JONSON, Ben (Benjamin), 1572-1637 : POEMS.

London : Oxford University Press, 1975. First edition of this authoritative Oxford Standard Authors text, edited and introduced by Professor Ian Donaldson. Includes the Epigrams, The Forest, The Underwood, Ungathered Verse, Songs and Poems from the Plays and Masques, Leges Convivales, Dubia, etc.
Post 8vo (198 x 129mm). xxii,410pp. Facsimiles. Bound in an elegant contemporary quarter brown morocco, banded and gilt; marbled sides; very good.

£100

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LAMB, Charles, 1775-1834 : SPECIMENS OF ENGLISH DRAMATIC POETS, WHO LIVED ABOUT THE TIME OF SHAKESPEARE : WITH NOTES.

LAMB, Charles, 1775-1834 : SPECIMENS OF ENGLISH DRAMATIC POETS, WHO LIVED ABOUT THE TIME OF SHAKESPEARE : WITH NOTES.

London : for Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme, 1808. First edition. Lamb’s hugely influential rediscovery of the Elizabethans and Jacobeans, many of these specimens of their work culled from “plays which are to be found only in the British Museum and in some scarce private libraries” – Francis Beaumont, George Chapman, Thomas Decker, John Fletcher, John Ford, Fulke Greville, Ben Jonson, Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe, John Marston, Philip Massinger, Thomas Middleton, George Peele, Cyril Tourneur, John Webster, and many more – “the most striking anthology perhaps ever made from English literature” (Edmund Blunden).
Crown 8vo (185 x 113mm). xii,484pp. Bound, without half-title, in a very handsome later (early twentieth century) full blue crushed morocco, banded and richly gilt, by Robert Riviere & Son; all edges gilt; inner gilt dentelles; marbled endleaves; some very minor rubbing and a hint of bruising, but a very good copy.

£500

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MARVELL, Andrew, 1621-1678 :  DAPHNIS AND CHLOE.

MARVELL, Andrew, 1621-1678 : DAPHNIS AND CHLOE.

Moreton-in-Marsh : Kit-Cat Press, (1986). First separate edition : limited to 250 numbered copies.
Narrow crown 8vo (19cm). [12]pp. Linocut frontispiece by Colin Reeve. Original stiff pink wrappers, printed in grey and blue; very good.

£20

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SHAKESPEARE, William, 1564-1616 : THE PICTORIAL EDITION OF THE WORKS OF SHAKSPERE.

SHAKESPEARE, William, 1564-1616 : THE PICTORIAL EDITION OF THE WORKS OF SHAKSPERE.

London : Charles Knight & Co., [1838-1843]. The first Charles Knight edition. Comprises two volumes each of the comedies, histories and tragedies, as well as the poems, a volume of seventeen doubtful plays sometimes ascribed to Shakespeare (or Shakspere, as Knight insists on having it), together with commendatory verses, a history of critical opinion, material on Shakespeare in Germany, indexes, and a final volume of Knight’s full-length biography. All furnished with introductory notices, notes, variant readings, a glossary, music to the songs, etc. – and profusely illustrated throughout by the leading wood-engravers of the day from the designs of William Harvey (1796-1866) and others. Using the latest technology, Charles Knight (1791-1873) was in the vanguard of bringing the price of books within everyday reach and bringing education and edification in their train with the use of copious illustration – here insisting on illustrations of “the realities upon which the imagination of the poet must have rested ... the localities ... the portraits of the real personages ... accurate costume in all its rich variety”.
Eight volumes. Royal 8vo (240 x 159mm). Pictorial title-pages, profuse vignettes and decorations throughout. Bound in a handsome contemporary full polished plum calf, banded and gilt; silk ribbons; some minor rubbing; a few scratches; a few front endpapers slightly split, but still firm; a handful of minor marks, but a very good, overall very clean and sound set of a tour-de-force of early Victorian publishing. Contemporary bookplates of William Payne to each volume – possibly the nineteenth-century actor William Payne (1804-1878), who carried Edmund Kean from the stage when he fell terminally ill in his last ever performance (Othello at Covent Garden in 1833).

£1,000

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VAUGHAN, Henry, 1622-1695 : SILEX SCINTILLANS : SACRED POEMS AND PRIVATE EJACULATIONS.

VAUGHAN, Henry, 1622-1695 : SILEX SCINTILLANS : SACRED POEMS AND PRIVATE EJACULATIONS.

London : Pickering, 1847. An important and attractively produced edition of Henry Vaughan “Silurist”, the introductory biographical essay by Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847) rescuing the poet from the almost total neglect of two centuries. Reprints both parts of the “Silex Scintillans” sequence – originally published in 1650 and 1655 respectively – and includes “They Are All Gone into the World of Light” and the very finest of Vaughan’s poetry. Printed by Whittingham at the Chiswick Press.
Foolscap 8vo (163 x 100mm). (lxxii),(232)pp. Bound (without half-title) in an elegant nineteenth-century full olive roan, banded and gilt, by Andrew Grieve of Edinburgh (1812-1880), with his stamp; all edges gilt; inner gilt dentelles; marbled endpapers; spine a little tanned; some rubbing to extremities and joints, but a good copy.

£40

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