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1880 - William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London - First Edition
I think you do me much honour by preserving my scribbles’ writes the colourful and eccentric Sharpe in the tipped in letter that accompanies his finely bound Ballad Book, re-edited by David Laing, with additions from Sharpe's manuscripts, and which he first printed only 30 copies in 1823, although according to Henderson, the majority of the added ballads in 1880 were of more or less questionable authenticity (ODNB). The final portion of the book prints Sir Walter Scott’s commentary on the original poems, and is taken from correspondence between Scott and his friend Sharpe.

Scarce. Illustrated with a colour frontispiece portrait, woodblock engraving plate and headpiece (as used for the original 1823 edition).

A speculative note regarding the letter - As stated in the editor’s introduction (ix) ‘
Mr Sharpe’s own annotated copy’ was carefully followed to produce this work, a copy that was ‘in the possession of Sir James Gibson-Craig’. Gibson-Craig had one of the finest collection of Scottish works ever assembled, and other correspondence from Sharpe to Gibson-Craig did begin with ‘Signor Mio’, leading us to speculate that this letter accompanied the original and rare 1823 printing of which only 30 were produced, and which in this case was later given by Sharpe to Gibson-Craig. 
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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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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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Duty - With illustrations of Courage Patience and Endurance - Samuel Smiles

1905 - John Murray, London - Early edition (first published 1880)
‘Not once or twice in our rough island story,
The path of Duty was the way to glory’ - Tennyson.

The last in Samuel Smiles’ wise and popular ‘Self-Help’ series, in which ‘
the reader will find, in the following pages, numerous examples given of thee best and bravest men and women in the career of well-doing’. 
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An Inquiry into the Natures and Causes of the Wealth of Nations - Adam Smith

1796 - Printed for A. Strahan, London - Eighth Edition
‘Published in the same year as the American Declaration of Independence it has been argued that the global effect of Smith’s work has exceeded that of American constitutionalists. And if the wealth of a nation or a people is the foundation of all else, then from Hong Kong and Shanghai to Peru, from the oil and gas fields of Russia to the United States itself, from Estonia to Australia, it can be claimed that the principles and economic dynamics at work in all these places come from a book by a scholar of Scotland published before the French Revolution, before the Industrial Revolution and eighty four years before Das Kapital by Karl Marx.’ - Melvyn Bragg – 12 Books That Changed the World. 
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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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An Embassy to the Kingdom of Ava - Michael Symes

1800 - W. Bulmer and Co., London - First Edition, Large Paper Copy
A stunning and rare large paper copy of ‘the first full account of Burma to be published’, finely illustrated with two folding engraved maps, eighteen engraved plates, and eight engraved botanical plates (four of which are folding). In contemporary full polished calf armourial binding of Sir Richard Colt Hoare, 2nd Baronet, and once housed in the Hoare Library at Stourhead.

Michael Symes was sent by Sir John Shore, governor-general of India, on a mission to Ava in Burma, to obtain from the emperor of Ava a permit to allow a British agent to reside at Rangoon, and to induce him to close his borders to French shipping. In diplomatic terms Symes’ mission was a success.

His detailed account, is highly interesting with keen observations and insight. ‘It is a mass of information on the history, religion, government, social systems, language, geography and economy of Burma, together with a narrative of Symes’ seven months stay in Burma, his journey to the capital and reception at court.’
 
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1857 - Edward Moxon, Dover Street - First Illustrated Edition
‘It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Match’d with an aged wife, I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me.’

A superbly bound, illustrated collection of Tennyson’s poetry featuring his celebrated works ‘
Mariana’, ‘The Lotos-Eaters’, ‘Godiva’, and ‘Ulysses’, among many others. Beautifully illustrated with portrait frontispiece and 54 engraved vignettes designed by prominent Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian artists, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Millais, William Holman Hunt, Thomas Creswick, and Clarkson Stanfield. Many of the artists much-admired Tennyson, and found inspiration from his poems. 
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