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1960 - Collins and Harvill Press, London - First Edition in English
‘Reading and rereading it has made me realise how many ways there are of being alive…’ – E. M. Forster.

Lampedusa’s masterful tale of the decline and fall of the house of Salina, a family of Sicilian aristocrats; the novel chronicles the life of world-weary Don Fabrizio, scion of an old feudal family and lover of astronomy, and recounts the fortunes of his nephew, Tancredi, as they struggle between mortality and decay during the Risorgimento.

In bright iconic dust jacket designed by Hans Tisdall, featuring his ‘strong calligraphic lettering and sharply drawn colour separations’.
 
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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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A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in the Northern Counties of England and in Scotland - Reverend Thomas Frognall Dibdin

1838 - Printed for the author by C. Richards, London
Dibdin’s two volume bibliographic tour of the libraries of Northern England and Scotland, in contemporary bindings, richly illustrated with in-text engravings, forty full page plates as listed and two more not called for (’Facade of Entrance into the Glasgow Cemetery’ (701) and ‘Seal of Cardinal Beaton and of the University of St. Andrew’ (888))

Full of anecdotes, footnotes that tempt one astray from the text, and Dibdin’s thoughts on a variety of encounters, for example on drinking too much ‘Whiskey’ –

‘We were now then at Dumfries. During and after dinner, I made attacks upon the whiskey in every possible direction: with and without aqueous dilution – with and without saccharine infusion: but to no purpose. “Disguise thyself as thou wilt, still, WHISKEY, still thou art a bitter draught”*. With or without sugar, or water – hot or cold – still thou art brimstone and fire to-day, and fire and brimstone to-morrow. As it was my
first, so it was my last, experiment upon this generally seductive liquor with the Scotch. In the everlasting toddy-potations at Glasgow, I could never be brought to hear my part in brandishing a ladle or emptying a rummer. Even its infusion into the punch-bowl there, though that bowl came fresh and foaming from the “cunning” hand of the good Joseph Hunter, Esq. – even then, the slightest infusion of this pellucid dram seemed, to my palate, to opison the wholeof its contents. “Ah, sir, but you should just live in the mountains a twelvemonth – and then!” – “Execrate it the more”, replied I. My disputant thought me a “hopeless character:” and I bade a longum vale to whiskey.

*Substitute “slavery” for “whiskey”, and the quotation is from Sterne. They place very small bottles or decanters of this liquor by the side of a glass, before you; and I believe sixpence will supply you with a portion . . . sufficient to make your head ache for a week. It is poetically called “MOUNTAIN DEW” !’ [Volume II page 446].
 
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Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy’s Progress. - Charles Dickens

1838 - Richard Bentley, London - First Edition mixed issue - 9th-16th Nov. 1838
Three volumes in original blind tooled plum cloth. Half-titles, frontispieces and 21 plates illustrated by George Cruikshank. Dickens was severely criticized for introducing criminals and prostitutes in Oliver Twist - ‘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’. 
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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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Dombey and Son - Charles Dickens

Circa 1860 - Chapman and Hall (printed by Bradbury, London - Early Edition (first published 1848)
A nice early example of Dombey and Son,in publisher’s olive green cloth, illustrated with engraved frontispiece, title page vignette, and 37 (of 38) plates by H. K. Browne (pen name, ‘Phiz’).

‘Dombey and Son
is both a firm and a family and the ambiguous connection between public and private life lies at the heart of Dickens' novel. Paul Dombey is a man who runs his domestic affairs as he runs his business: calculatingly, callously, coldly and commercially.

Through his dysfunctional relationships with his son, his two wives, and his neglected daughter Florence, Dickens paints a vivid picture of the limitations of a society dominated by commercial values and the drive for profit and explores the possibility of moral and emotional redemption through familial love.’

[introduction from a later
Penguin Classics edition] 
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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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Our American Adventure [&] Our Second American Adventure - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1923 1924 - Doran / Little, New York / Boston - First American Edition
Two volumes. The accounts of Doyle's two American tours investigating and speaking on matters of Spiritualism. Illustrated with black and white photographs.

We live in the time of dawn, and year by year the overwhelming importance of this psychic question is forcing itself upon the public attention 
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