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The bibliographical Decameron - Rev. T. F. Dibdin

1817 - Printed for the author by W. Bulmer and Co. Shakespeare Press, London - First Edition
A stunning contemporary bound example of Dibdin’s enthusiastic and richly illustrated three volume exploration of bibliographical history from illuminated manuscripts to book collectors and contemporary book auctions. In-text engravings, thirty five full page plates and two double page plates.

‘Perhaps the most lavish of all Dibdin's works. Its publication was a financial success and doubtless marks the high-water mark of the Dibdinian bibliomania’. (Jackson 40).
 
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The Adventures of Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

1846 - Published For The Author, London - Third Edition, and first in Octavo format.
‘Please, Sir, I want some more.’

A handsome example of the first single volume edition, illustrated throughout with engravings by Cruikshank, finely bound by Bayntun-Rivière in full red morocco, with gilt portrait of Dickens to the front and his signature in gilt to the rear, hand marbled endpapers and all gilt edges.

‘I saw no reason, when I wrote this book, why the very dregs of life, so long as their speech did not offend the ear, should not serve the purpose of a moral, at least as well as its froth and cream’ – Dickens’ response after he was severely criticised for introducing criminals and prostitutes into the novel.
 
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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 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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The Pipe Book - Alfred Dunhill

1924 - A. & C. Black, London - First Edition
‘You do not need to be a smoker of pipes, or of tobacco in any form, to enjoy this book. If you like to be entertained and instructed by unique information, you will find it a fascinating volume.’ – New York Times.

A finely bound and uncommon first edition of this remarkable reference work, profusely illustrated throughout with 28 full page plates (four in colour) and 230 illustrations in the text of the vast variety of pipes available up to that time.

In 1907, in London, Alfred Dunhill, a young man in his early 30s, opened his first tobacconist's shop. It was an instant success, custom blending individual tobaccos as well as carrying smokers' accoutrements. Dunhill began to develop a collection of pipes from around the world, which was then catalogued. From this emerged, in 1924, The Pipe Book, which has rarely been out of print since that date.  
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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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Abbotsford Series of the Scottish Poets - George Eyre-Todd (Editor)

1891 -1896 - William Hodge, Glasgow - First Editions
Six works finely bound in seven volumes, of this first and still comprehensive collection of the Scottish poets, combined with Eyre-Todd’s biographical details for each poet, and historic notes, glossary and essays. Which on publication the Spectator praised as ‘a useful and indeed a valuable contribution to the history of Scottish literature’.

The six works are - The Early Scottish Poetry, [1891]; Medieval Scottish Poetry, [1892]; Scottish Poetry of the Sixteenth Century, [1892]; Scottish Ballad Poetry, [1893]; Scottish Poetry of the Seventeenth Century, [1895]; Scottish Poetry of the Eighteenth Century (two volumes) [1896].

Amongst the numerous poets included are - Thomas the Rhymer, John Barbour, James Beattie, Robert Burns, William Falconer, Sir David Murray, Alexander Scott, Androw of Wyntoun, Henry the Minstrel, Henry (the Minstrel), King James the First, Robert Henryson, William Dunbar, and Gavin Douglas.

This collection presents the best works of about one hundred Scottish poets, from the earliest times up until the nineteenth century. The poems are carefully selected and reproduced from the best editions. Arranged by period and genre, each volume contains an historical introduction, and biographical details are given for all poets. In addition, historical notes are supplied for relevant poems and a selective glossary is provided. Combining the poems of nobility, men and women of the Scottish Enlightenment, plus historical, legendary, and romantic ballads, these attractively presented volumes form a comprehensive reference library for those both new to, and familiar with, Scottish poetry. - from the introduction to the 1997 Routledge reprint.
 
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The Collected Poems of James Elroy Flecker - James Elroy Flecker

1923 - Martin Secker, London - Eighth Impression
‘We are the pilgrims, master; we shall go always a little farther; it may be beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow, across that angry or that glimmering sea, white on a throne or guarded in a cave, there lies a prophet who can understand, why men were born: but surely we are brave, who take the Golden Road to Samarkand.”

A beautifully bound edition of Elroy’s collected poetry. A prodigious linguist, fluent in modern Greek, Spanish, French, German, and Italian, Elroy read Classics at Oxford University, before quickly joining the diplomatic services, and posted Constantinople where he wrote prolifically until his life was cut tragically short by tuberculosis at the age of thirty.

Prior to his death, he was credited with revitalising the Parnassian poetry movement and was considered a hugely influential poet in the Edwardian era, especially in the field of Greek classical poetry. Upon hearing the news of his demise, writer and critic Alec Macdonald said that it was
‘unquestionably the greatest premature loss that English literature has suffered since the death of Keats.’ 
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