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Gods of Modern Grub Street - Impressions of Contemporary Authors

By: Adcock, A. St. John

Price: £4.00

Publisher: London, Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd.:

Seller ID: 002042

Condition: Good


Undated, third impression, illustrated with 32 tipped-in photographic portraits of authors being written about, 8vo, pp.viii, 327, charcoal cloth slightly worn, lacking top strip of spine, fore and bottom edges uncut and a little browned, one page roughly opened, a few internal hinges starting to crack, half-title and one blank page at end of book heavily browned but the remainder remarkably clean, bears bookplate on front pastedown endpaper. View more info

The Spectator - a New Edition in Eight Volumes, with Illustrative Notes. To Which are Prefixed the Lives of the Authors By Robert Bissett.

By: Addison, Joseph; Steele, Richard, (and others). {Edoted By Robert Bissett]

Price: £125.00

Publisher: London, PRINTED FOR GEORGE ROBERTSON, NUMBER 221 PICCADILLY: 1793

Seller ID: 002629


Eight volumes, engraved title page to each volume, [some also have a printed title page], rather browned internally, a little staining on the inner margins to three of the volumes, one signature loose in Volume 4, contemporary full tan calf, raised bands, morocco labels, rather dry, rubbed and scuffed, spines darkened. View more info

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Jane Austen and the English Landscape

By: Batey, Mavis

Price: £17.50

Publisher: London, Barn Elms: 1996

Seller ID: 008850

ISBN: 1899531025

Condition: Very Good


Very well illustrated, large horizontal quarto, pp 135, a very good copy in dustwrapper. Very well illustrated, large horizontal quarto, pp 135, a very good copy in dustwrapper. [Landscape historian Batey explores real and fictional settings of Austen's novels. In each chapter she uses a different Austen novel to discuss the style of gardens and landscapes during the early 19th century and Regency England. A continuing theme is the tension between Georgian propriety and the challenging Romantic ideals as they played out in the English landscape. Jane Austen was deeply inspired by the landscap... View more info

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Swedenborg and Shakespeare - A Comparison

By: Baynham, George W.

Price: £15.00

Publisher: London, James Spiers: 1894

Seller ID: 008717

Condition: Good


Small 16mo, (measures 104mm x 164mm), pp 16, scattered foxing, no covers (as issued). Extremely scarce. {Postage will be reduced}. View more info

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English Blake (Desmond Clarke's copy)

By: Blackstone, Bernard

Price: £5.00

Publisher: Cambridge at the University Press: 1949

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 015444

Condition: Good


Illustrated with ten plates, octavo, pp xviii, 455, clean internally, black cloth slightly worn and bumped, binding leaning slightly, a small tear in the moddle of the spine. [From the library of the botanist Desmond Clarke, with his signature on the front endpaper.] View more info

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The Letters and Prose Writings of William Cowper. Volume 1 - Adelphi and Letters 1750-1781

By: Cowper, William (edited by James King and Charles Ryskamp)

Price: £60.00

Publisher: Oxford at The Clarendon Press: 1979

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 014183

ISBN: 0198118635

Condition: Very Good


Frontispiece, four plates and a map, octavo, pp xlii, 598, black cloth, very slightly marked, virtuall as new. SCARCE. View more info

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The Letters and Prose Writings of William Cowper. Volume II - Letters 1782 - 1786

By: Cowper, William (edited by James King and Charles Ryskamp)

Price: £60.00

Publisher: Oxford at The Clarendon Press: 1981

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 014184

ISBN: 0198126077

Condition: Very Good


Frontispiece and three plates, octavo, pp xxviii, 652, extremely clean internally, black cloth, slightly faded, a slight bruise at the spine head. SCARCE. View more info

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The Letters and Prose Writings of William Cowper. Volume V - Prose 1756 - c.1799, and Cumulative Index

By: Cowper, William (edited by James King and Charles Ryskamp)

Price: £100.00

Publisher: Oxford at The Clarendon Press: 1986

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 014185

ISBN: 0198126905

Condition: Very Good


Octavo, pp xxvi, 246, front endpaper very slightly marked, the cloth under the paste-down endpaper also has a slight bump, which affects the next couple of pages, otherwise extremely clean internally, black cloth, the slightest sign of use.. SCARCE. View more info

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The English of Shakespeare Illustrated in a Philological Commentary on His Julius Ceasar

By: Craik, George L.

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, Chapman & Hall: 1857

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 011495

Condition: Fair


Thick 12mo, pp xl, 352, a little staining and spotting throughout, a signature on the front endpaper, original embossed cloth, rubbed and slightly worn, head and tail of spine worn, slight splitting to the joints. [The scarce first edition] View more info

Elspeth Huxley - a Bibliography

By: Cross, Robert & Perkin, Michael

Price: £10.00

Publisher: Winchester, St Paul's Bibliographies & Oak Knoll Press: 1996

Seller ID: 004700

ISBN: 1873040067


Illustrated, pp xx, 187, blue cloth with the very faintest wear. (John Phillimore's typed review loosely inserted.) View more info

The Merry Heart - reflections on reading, writing and the world of books. [Hardback edition]

By: Davies, Robertson

Price: £6.50

Publisher: New York, Viking: 1997

Seller ID: 006551

ISBN: 0670873667


Large 8vo, pp xii, 385, purple and black boards, very slightly faded, in a very slightly worn dustwrapper which is not price-clipped. [The first US edition, in the US dustwrapper priced at $27.95) View more info

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Charles Dickens As I Knew Him : the story of the reading tours in Great Britain and America (1866-1870)

By: Dolby, George

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, T. Fisher Unwin: 1887

Seller ID: 014694

Condition: Good


[Popular edition]. Small octavo, pp x, 466, a little age-toned, sound internally, red cloth a bit marked and faded, three ring marks on the upper cover. View more info

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Bunyan's Country - studies in Bedfordshire topography of the Pilgrim's Progress

By: Foster, Albert J.

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, H. Virtue & Company Ltd: 1901

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 007741

Condition: Very Good


Illustrated by the author, pp 182, top edge gilt, other edges uncut, neat contemporary signature on title page, endpapers browned, otherwise clean and tight internally, green cloth very slightly faded and worn, but really a good copy. [From the library of the naturalist and conservationist Richard Fitter, with his stamp on the front endpaper] View more info

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George Meredith and British Criticism (1851 - 1909)

By: Galland, Rene

Price: £15.00

Publisher: Paris, Les Presses Francaises: 1923

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 009335

Condition: Good


Octavo, pp xii, 120, uncut and unopened, some foxing throughout, paperback, covers a little worn and browned. SCARCE. Presentation copy from the author to Professor W.L. Renwick. [In English. A Doctorate of Letters thesis for the University of Paris]. View more info

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Robert Bridges - a study of traditionalism in poetry

By: Guerard, Albert

Price: £7.50

Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University: 1942

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 009703

Condition: Good


Large 8vo, pp xvi, 332, a little used but clean internally, an ex-public library copy, with bookplate on the front endpaper, two plates and a ticket holder on the rear endpapers, an inked number and withdrawn stamp on the verso of the title page, blue cloth a little worn, shelf number and cross on the spine. View more info

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Coleridge - The Critical Heritage

By: Jackson, J.R. de J.

Price: £25.00

Publisher: New York, Barnes & Noble: 1970

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 009685

ISBN: 0389013307

Condition: Very Good


Not ilustrated, pp xiv, 660, a very good copy in a dustwrapper which is slightly worn. and rather browned on its inner surface. View more info

Scepticism and Poetry - an essay on the poetic imagination

By: James, D.G.

Price: £6.50

Publisher: London, George Allen & Unwin: 1937

Seller ID: 006321


First edition. pp 275, a little light foxing, marginal mark to pages 148/149, otherwise very clean and tight, red cloth very slightly worn, the spine slightly faded and marked and a little bruised at the head. A good sound pleasing copy. [The imaginative use of language, imagination lyric and morality, visionary dreariness, Adam's dream, the failure of the ballad-makers, poetry dogma and the mystical.] View more info

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Epic and Romance - essays on medieval literature

By: Ker, W.P.

Price: £15.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan & Co Ltd: 1908

Edition: Second edition

Seller ID: 009925

Condition: Very Good


Second edition. Small 8vo, pp xxiv, 398, + 2 page publisher's catalogue, edges uncut, a little foxing throughout (heaviest on half-title and title pages), otherwise very clean and sound internally, red cloth slightly worn and marked, spine slightly faded. SCARCE. View more info

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Dryden - the critical heritage

By: Kinsley, James & Helen

Price: £10.00

Publisher: New York, Barnes & Noble: 1971

Edition: First UK edition

Seller ID: 009683

ISBN: 0389041262

Condition: As New


(Barnes & Noble imprint on title page, Routledge, London on reverse). Not illustrated, pp x, 414, an extremely good copy in dustwrapper. View more info

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Reading the French Garden - Story and History

By: Le Dantec, Denise & Le Dantec Jean Pierre

Price: £6.00

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass., The MIT Press: 1990

Edition: First UK edition

Seller ID: 012464

ISBN: 0262121441

Condition: Very Good


A few illustrations,, square octavo, pp (8), 272, the faintest of folds to the pages otherwise a very good copy in a very slightly worn dustwrapper. [One voice imagines, the other analyzes in this elegant literary excursion through the history of garden art in France from medieval times to the present. Alternating discursive accounts, or allees, with fictional vignettes that recreate time and place, the Le Dantecs skillfully integrate the history of French gardens with the modern history of ideas. They incorporate literary criticism and art history with social and political history and raise q... View more info