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1996 - Secker & Warburg, London
An elegantly bound fourteen volume set of Orwell’s books, letters and essays, Michael Sheldon’s biography, and notes, introductions and detailed indices from Peter Davison, Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus.

Comprising:-
Volumes I-IX – The nine books –
Down and Out in Paris and London, Burmese Days, A Clergyman's Daughter, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia, Coming Up for Air, Animal Farm, and Nineteen-eighty Four,

Volumes X-XIII – The four volumes of the collected essays, letters and journalism, selected and edited by Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus –
An Age Like This 1920-1940, My Country Right or Left 1940-1943, As I Please 1943-1945, and In front of Your Nose 1945-1950.

Volume XIV – Michael Sheldon’s
Orwell, The Authorised Biography.

Peter Davison, has ‘
an unchallenged and unrivalled knowledge of the writings of George Orwell’,‘The nine volumes of corrected texts are models of bibliography and textual research’ - Daniel J. Leab, The Grolier Club. 
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The Works of Alexander Pope - with a Memoir of the Author, Notes, and Critical Notices on each Poem, by the Rev, G. Croly, LL.D. - Alexander Pope

1835 - A.J. Valpy, London - First Edition
In four small finely bound volumes, with engraved frontispiece and engraved title to each volume.

English essayist, critic, satirist, and one of the greatest poets of Enlightenment, also known for his translation of Homer. Alexander Pope [1688-1744] wrote his first verses at the age of 12. His breakthrough work,
An Essay on Criticism appeared when he was twenty-three. It included the famous line ‘a little learning is a dangerous thing’. Pope's physical defects made him an easy target for heartless mockery, but he was also considered a leading literary critic and the epitome of English Neoclassicism. His translation of Homer is still considered  
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A Dance to the Music of Time - Anthony Powell

1952 to 1975 - Heinemann, London - First Editions (Vol.I third printing), in First Edition dust jacket (Vol.II second issue)
A bright and complete twelve volume set of Anthony Powell’s dodecahedral masterpiece 'A Dance to the Music of Time', tracing a colourful group of English acquaintances across a span of many years from 1914 to 1971.

The slowly developing narrative centres around life's poignant encounters between friends and lovers who later drift apart and yet keep reencountering each other over numerous unfolding decades as they move through the vicissitudes of marriage, work, ageing, and ultimately death.

Until the last three volumes, the next standard excitements of old-fashioned plots (What will happen next? Will x marry y? Will y murder z?) seem far less important than time's slow reshuffling of friends, acquaintances, and lovers in intricate human arabesques’ [Robert L Selig;
Time and Anthony Powell, A Critical Study.] 
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Baronagium Genealogicum: or the Pedigrees of the English Peers - Sir William Segar, Joseph Edmondson

1764-84 - Engraved and printed for the author, London - First Editions
The most beautifully illustrated and comprehensive record of 18th century Heraldry. A magnificent and extremely rare complete set of six large uncut folio volumes, with 658 copperplate engravings (104 of which are double page) many by the master engraver Francesco Bartolozzi a founder member of the Royal Academy. The plates consist of 279 coats-of-arms (3 double-page), 364 genealogical tables (101 double-page), six titles, six dedication pages, and three specific family dedication pages.

Ranked to begin with Royalty, this massive work took 20 years to produce, making it necessary to publish a supplement with new peerages. Provenance - Sir John Smith, Bart., F.R.S. of Sydling St.Nicholas, Dorset, whose initials JS are gilt-stamped to the morocco spine labels and engraved bookplates to the front pastedowns.
 
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The Plays. From the corrected text of Johnson and Steevens. Embellished with plates - William Shakespeare

1807 - John Stockdale, London - First Heath Edition
This is how Shakespeare should be read! Six magnificently large quarto volumes of Shakespeare’s plays, with twenty two copperplates engraved by James Heath after Thomas Stothard, William Hamilton and Henry Fuseli.

Volume I – Midsummer Night’s Dream; Taming of the Shrew; Merry Wives of Windsor; Much Ado about Nothing; All’s well that ends well; Measure for Measure.
Volume II – Winter’s Tale; Two Gentlemen of Verona; Hamlet; Romeo and Juliet; Richard II; Richard III.
Volume III – Comedy of Errors; Macbeth; Henry VI; As you like it.
Volume IV – Tempest; Twelfth Night; Henry VIII; Julius Caesar; Timon of Athens; Coriolanus.
Volume V – Love’s Labour’s lost; King John; King Lear; Troilus and Cressida; Titus Andronicus; Othello.
Volume VI – Merchant of Venice; Henry IV; Henry V; Antony and Cleopatra; Cymebline; Pericles.

The engraver James Heath (1757–1834) was the London-born son of a bookbinder. The family originated in Nottingham where James Heath’s grandfather Joseph Heath was a bookseller and writing-master. James was apprenticed to the engraver Joseph Collyer the younger in 1771 and became established as one of the leading line engravers of his time. His first major success was in engraving plates for Bell’s edition of The Poets of Great Britain. He was employed by the Robinson family of booksellers from 1779 to 1804. He became one of the most widely employed engravers of the age, producing illustrations for many celebrated works including Lavater’s Essays on Physiognomy; Vancouver’s A voyage of discovery to the north Pacific Ocean, and round the world; Bruce’s Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile; and the frontispiece portrait to Boswell’s Life of Johnson. He engraved some plates for Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery, and in 1807 published this six-volume set of Shakespeare illustrated with engravings after works by Stothard and Henry Fuseli on his own account, a substantial demonstration of his huge popularity.
 
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The Works of William Shakespeare - William Shakespeare, Alexander Dyce

1891 - Swan Sonnenschein & Co., London - Sixth Edition
An attractively bound ten volume set of Shakespeare, volume I with Dyce’s Life of Shakespeare, prefaces, and history of the early editions, volume X containing a 526 page glossary. 
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Life of Napoleon Bonaparte - William Milligan Sloane

1896 - The Century Co., New York - First Edition
Four magnificent and finely bound quarto volumes of this monumental history on Napoleon, ‘the product of many years of elaborate investigation, it was sumptuously illustrated and composed’. [DAB].

First edition, profusely illustrated with 80 colour plates, 200 black & white and tinted plates, and 17 maps.

Generally there is no mystery in the power of domination: he rules who is indispensable. The Jacobins needed a man, they found him in the unscrupulous Bonaparte; the Directory needed a man, they found him in the expert artillerist; France needed a man, she found him in the conqueror of Italy.’

‘Sloane, who believed "
there exists no record of human activity more complete" than Bonaparte's, also summed up Napoleon's failure in one word -- exhaustion. It was not until his opponents learned the lessons "which he taught his generals by a series of object demonstrations lasting 20 years, that the teacher began to diminish in success and splendor. Judged either historically or theoretically, the strategy of Napoleon is "original, unique and unexcelled." Sloane noted that this was Napoleon's greatest achievement, because it was "his most creative."’ [Vance] 
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1911 - Vincent Parke and Company, New York - Prince of Wales Edition, Number 25 of 500 Limited Copies
‘The reason Verne is still read by millions today is simply that he was one of the best storytellers who ever lived’ – Arthur C. Clarke

A superb 15 volume limited edition set of the works of Jules Verne, handsomely bound, each illustrated with full page colour and tinted plates protected by descriptive tissue guards.

This collection features Verne’s most famous stories, including
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, From the Earth to the Moon, Five Weeks in a Balloon, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Mysterious Island, and Around the World in Eighty Days, among many others. 
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