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  1. First edition in book form, first issue (with signature BB2 misprinted as 'B2' at page 371; 'William' instead of 'Frederick' on page 317, line 27; and the name 'Rigaud' appears instead of 'Blandois' on pages 469, 470, 472, and 473; several errors noted in three-line errata on page xiv); 8vo; 40 plates from etchings by Hablot K. Browne ('Phiz'), including the 8 'dark plates' and the additional title-page and frontispiece, some mild toning and occasional foxing; modern full blue morocco, lettered and ruled in gilt with corner ornaments, raised bands, marbled endpapers, dentelles, all edges gilt, a little minor rubbing, otherwise a very good copy.

  2. First collected edition; 14 volumes, 8vo; one of 80 sets printed on Japanese papier velin; publisher's cream vellum, gilt decorative devices to front panels by Charles Ricketts, yapp edges, top edges gilt, 13 volumes have the imprint of Methuen & Co., and one, The Picture of Dorian Gray, has the imprint of Charles Carrington, Paris (as called for), usual mild wrinkling to most paste-downs, covers mildly toned, some volumes with minor glue reaction (both points usual with vellum bindings), otherwise exceptionally fine internally and externally. Height: 21 cm Overall width of set: 50 cm

    [Together with], For Love of the King: A Burmese Masque. Methuen issued this work in 1922, intending it to be a supplementary volume to the above set but never issued in vellum; printed on hand-made paper and limited to 1000 copies only; publisher's cream cloth, browning to spine and edges, dust-jacket with some expert archival repairs to the interior of the folds, Ex-libris Frederick Spiegelberg (name plate on front paste-down) as well as Gertrude & Edward A. Strauss (bookplate on front paste-down), previous bookseller's label on rear paste-down, a very good copy.

  3. 8vo., (23 x 15 cm), [2], engraved frontispiece and title, [20], 631pp., with three steel-engraved plates, very light spotting, contemporary red morocco, richly gilt, all edges gilt, slightly rubbed.

  4. Small folio ( 29 x 26 cm), 39 pages of manuscript interleaved with blank pages, decorated endpapers, binders label, dated '1927' on endpapers; bound in later full red morocco gilt.

  5. 12mo. Half-title with advertisements on verso. Contemporary green sheep by Khi of Moscow 1843 (signed & dated in gilt to binding margin), elaborate gilt ornaments to boards and spine, moire endpapers, green silk bookmark, gilt edges.

  6. One of 600 copies; 8vo; title printed in red & black, 5 etched plates by Charles Ricketts, 1 engraved bookplate design by William Bell Scott, tissue guards; publisher's gilt-patterned green cloth, a little rubbed and bumped at corners and spine ends, but overall an attractive, clean copy.

  7. First edition, first printing, author's presentation copy, inscribed 'à mon cher confrère d'outre-manche Hamilton Aidé, Gus. Flaubert' on half-title; 8vo; text a little toned, very light creasing to upper, outer marginal corner of early pages, very occasional spotting, otherwise good; later full green calf, scuffed and rubbed to extremities, spine faded, upper board a little splayed but sound.

  8. First edition, first printing, first state binding (the gilt stamp to the foot of the spine bearing publisher's name 'J.R.Osgood & Co' without a full stop); 8vo; some marginal toning, contents separating a little; publisher's terracotta cloth, spine darkened, rubbed at corners and along joints, a few marks and scuffs, a little frayed and nicked at spine ends; [2 (blank), 7], 496 pp.

  9. One of 100 specially bound copies on japon vellum; 8vo; title printed in red & black, 5 etched plates by Charles Ricketts, 1 engraved bookplate by William Bell Scott, tissue guards (browned), small ink name to front free endpaper; publisher's gilt-patterned vellum, slightly splayed and rubbed, overall an attractive copy.

  10. First edition; 4to; 'printed at the Chiswick Monotrype Bodoni on Arnold & Foster's Indian Toned Laid Hand Made Paper', the title-page decorated with a hitherto unpublished illustration by Beardsley, three ink corrections to p.viii of Preface, a few instances of interesting marginalia (one shown), otherwise internally very clean and bright, publisher's gilt plaid black cloth, edges untrimmed, as published, corners and spine ends bumped, otherwise very good indeed.



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