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Present Indicative - Noël Coward

1937 - Doubleday, Garden City - First Edition
First edition of the first of Noël Coward’s autobiographies, sumptuously bound by Zaehnsdorf for Asprey’s of London, which he would have approved wholeheartedly.

Illustrated with numerous black and white photographs - ‘I was photographed naked on a cushion very early in life, an insane, toothless smile slitting my face and pleats of fat overlapping me like an ill-fitting overcoat. Later, at the age of two, I was photographed again. This time in a lace dress, leaning against a garden roller and laughing hysterically. If these photographs can be found they will adorn this book.’

‘Thus begins the life story of one of the most celebrated characters in British theatrical history. Displaying an early dedication to the theatre,
Present Indicative hints at the success that would come to Coward as actor, playwright, novelist and performer. Each line is punctuated with his trademark effervescent wit, making this book a comic tour de force in it's own right.’ [Methuen] 
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1934 - Oxford University Press, London - Fourth Edition
‘Oh for a lodge in some vast wilderness,
Some boundless contiguity of shade,
Where rumour of oppression and deceit,
Of unsuccessful or successful war,
Might never reach me more.’

A excellent copy – finely bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe – of the poetical works of William Cowper, including his poems ‘Epitaph on a Hare’ and ‘The Task’, together with his Olney Hymns and his translations from classical Latin and Greek verses. Edited and with a preface by H.S. Milford.
 
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The Christmas Stories: A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Cricket on the Hearth; The Battle of Life; The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. - Charles Dickens

1844 to 1848 - Chapman & Hall [or] Bradbury & Evans, London - Mixed first and early editions
A beautifully bound five volume set of Dickens’ Christmas Stories, fine copies housed in a custom made slipcase. With illustrated title pages, full plate and in-text illustrations throughout.

‘After the success attained with A Christmas Carol in 1843 Dickens continued the series throughout the 1840s, maintaining what he called "the Carol philosophy" to "strike a sledgehammer blow" for the poor, uneducated, and repressed. In typical Dickens fashion he drove his message home with a mixture of humor and good cheer’. - David Purdue.
 
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The Works - Charles Dickens

1903 - Chapman and Hall, London - The Biographical Edition
A sumptuously bound set, complete in nineteen volumes, thoroughly illustrated throughout with 574 full-page illustrations, 143 in-text, and eight illustrated title pages.

Illustrations by ‘Phiz’ (Hablot Knight Browne), George Cruikshank, Marcus Stone, George Cattermole, F. Walker, H. K. Browne, Seymour, Dalziel, J. G. Pinwell, Luke Fildes, Charles Green, Mahony, Cattermole, Landseer, Maclise, Stanfield, Leech, Doyle, etc.
 
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The Ballad of Beau Brocade and other Poems of the XVIIIth Century - Austin Dobson, Hugh Thomson (illustrator)

1892 - Kegan Paul, London - Large Paper Edition. Number 30 of 450 copies
‘And of all the knights of the gentle trade
Nobody bolder than Beau Brocade.’

An excellent copy of this 18th century-style ballad, one of Dobson’s most spirited works of verse, handsomely bound by Ramage, and charmingly illustrated with fifty black and white drawings by Hugh Thomson, printed on Japanese vellum.

This collection also includes the poems ‘A Gentleman of the Old School’, ‘A Dead Letter’, ‘The Old Sedan Chair’, ‘The Ladies of St. James’, ‘Molly Trefusis’, and ‘A Chapter on Froissart’.
 
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Edmund Dulac's Fairy-Book - Fairy Tales of the Allied Nations - Edmund Dulac

1916 - Hodder & Stoughton, London - First Trade Edition
A finely bound first edition of Dulac’s large and beautifully illustrated ‘Fairy-Book’, with thirteen tipped-in colour plates.

‘The tales of this book, both written and illustrated by Dulac, were drawn from the folklore of Russia, England, Flanders, Belgium, Italy, France, Ireland, Serbia and Japan. Dulac was able to employ the full scope of his versatility in creating a national mood in each illustration. During this period of his work, Dulac had immersed himself in the artistic traditions of folklore.

He was partly stimulated by his friendship with Yeats (whose interest in Celtic folklore was legendary) and partly awakened to ethnic themes by his 1913 cruise through the eastern Mediterranean. Also at this time he was influenced by his encounters with the Russian-born designer Léon Bakst and Bakst's stage work for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes’ – Ann Hughey,
Edmund Dulac - His Book Illustrations. 
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The Parent's Assistant; or, Stories for Children - Maria Edgeworth

1822 - Printed for R. Hunter, London - A New Edition
‘It has likewise been attempted in these stories to provide antidote against ill humour, the epidemic rage of dissipation, and the fatal propensity to admire and imitate whatever the fashion of the moment may distinguish.’

A complete and thus uncommon little six volume set of Maria Edgeworth’s influential collection of tales for children, first published in 1796 and popular throughout the 19th century. Her stories both amused and instructed, painting memorable moral anecdotes for boys and girls against frequently picturesque landscapes while communicating the important societal values of the period.

Included: Preface, Lazy Lawrence, Tarlton, The False Key; The Birthday Present, Simple Susan; The Bracelets, The Little Merchants; Old Poz, The Mimic, Mademoiselle Panache; The Basket-Woman, The white Pigeon, The Orphans, Waste Not Want Not, Forgive and Forget; Barring Out, Eton Montem.
 
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The Life of an Actor. Dedicated to Edmund Kean, Esq. The Poetical Descriptions by T. Greenwood. Embellished with Twenty-seven Characteristic Scenes, etched by Theodore Lane; Enriched also with Several Original Designs on Wood, executed by Mr. Thompson - Pierce Egan, T. Greenwood, Theodore Lane (illustrator)

1825 - Printed for C.S. Arnold, London - First Edition
A finely bound example of Pierce Egan’s wonderful and amusing novel centred around Peregrine Proteus, and his various highs and lows attempting to pursue a career on the stage. Dedicated to Edmund Kean (1789-1833) the greatest of English tragic actors, a turbulent genius noted as much for his megalomania and ungovernable behaviour as for his portrayals of villains in Shakespearean plays.

Illustrated with twenty-seven hand-coloured aquatint plates by Theodore Lane and nine woodcut engravings by John Thompson (1785-1866).

Provenance: From the library of Major-General Sir Harold Augustus Wernher, 3rd Baronet (1893-1973) with his rather theatrical engraved armourial book plate.
 
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