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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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Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character - Edward B. Ramsay

1871 - Edmonston and Douglas, Edinburgh - Twentieth Edition
A fine and magnificently bound edition. Important association copy, inscribed by Ramsay to Doctor Robert Carruthers of Inverness, with Ramsay’s hand written note going on to say that this ‘is the 20th edition and I suppose to be my last - the concluding part from page 316, on the subject of a “closer union amongst Christians is entirely new in the Edition’. Dr. Carruthers is also thanked by Ramsay in the introduction (see page X). This work actually went through a further two editions before Ramsay’s death in 1872.

First published in 1857, and extended throughout Ramsay’s life, it consists of his personal recollections, anecdotes and opinions. In addition to the entertaining preface, chapters cover
Scottish Religious Feelings, Old Scottish Conviviality, The Old Scottish Domestic Servant, Humour Proceeding from Scottish Expressions Including Scottish Proverbs, and Scottish Stories of Wit and Humour. 
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Swallows & Amazons - Arthur Ransome

1930 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition
Beautifully bound by Bayntun-Rivière.

‘I can see it being read aloud on a thousand sandy beaches and as a special treat in bed to inspire further ideas for the morrow's adventures. Mr. Ransome's delightful children show how easy it is with a touch of the right sort of imagination to capture all the thrills of "Treasure Island" and "Robinson Crusoe" without going further afield than the next cove. All you need is a boat, a parrot, a black spot, a sea-chest (preferably covered with foreign labels), molasses, a smattering of seamanship and nautical language, a thunderstorm, and an enemy. The enemy is most important. Mix these ingredients judiciously and you get as fine a setting for voyages of discovery as ever inspired a Jason or a Raleigh.’ - S.P.B. Mais,
Daily Telegraph, August 1930. 
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Social and Diplomatic Memories 1884-1893 - Sir James Rennell Rodd G.C.B.

1922 - Edward Arnold & Co., London - Second Impression
The autobiography of 1st Bron Rennell (1858-1941), British diplomat, poet (Oscar Wilde assisted in publishing Rodd’s first book of poems), politician, and scholar of ancient Greece and Rome.

Covering the early years from his childhood, the ‘Balliol set’, and young Bohemian adulthood, to his first posting in Berlin from 1884 to 1888, where he became an intimate friend of the Empress Frederick, and recounts his memories of Bismark and other major figures during that tumultuous time, after this he moves on to Greece, Italy, France, and finally Zanzibar and East Africa at the end of the 19th century.

Finely bound and with a four page hand-written letter from his wife to an ‘unknown friend’, composed at the British Legation, Athens in February 1928.
 
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The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Thomas Hutchinson (editor)

1935 - Oxford University Press, London
‘We look before and after,
And pine for what is not;
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell
Of saddest thought.


A finely bound and comprehensive edition of Shelley’s collected poetical works, with prefaces, postscript and notes on poems by Mary Shelley, and a preface to this edition by the editor, Thomas Hutchinson (the editor). Frontispiece from portrait of Shelley, 1819.
 
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Poems - Underwoods (Book I in English, Book II in Scots). Ballads. Songs of Travel. A Child’s Garden of Verses. - Robert Louis Stevenson

1913 - Chatto & Windus in association with Longman’s Green & Co. , London
‘Under the wide and starry sky, dig the grave and let me lie, glad did I live and gladly die, and laid me down with a will. This be the verse you gave for me, here he lies where he longed to be; home is the sailor, home from the sea, and the hunter home from the hill.’ - Requiem.

A fine presentation of Stevenson’s poetry in a stunning Rivière & Son tree-calf binding, and printed on handmade paper at the Florence Press.

Containing the collections:
Underwood, Ballads, Songs of Travel, and A Child’s Garden of Verses. Largely fuelled by the reclusive and bedridden nature of his childhood, due to a myriad of diseases, Stevenson sought to create an alternate reality for himself, and an escape through his poetry, which we can see especially in ‘The Vagabond - Give me to the life I love’. and The Land Of Counterpane.’  
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Coaching Days and Coaching Ways - W. Outram Tristram

1893 - Macmillan and Co., London - Second Edition
A well illustrated and detailed record of the history and types of horse drawn transport along the main travel routes of England, with vivid descriptions of many hostelries and their clientele. With 214 illustrations by Hugh Thomson and Herbert Railton. Contents : The Bath Road; The Exeter Road; The Portsmouth Road; The Brighton Road; The Dover Road; The York Road and The Holyhead Road. 
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