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The Voyages of Lemuel Gulliver to Lilliput and Brobdingnag [Gulliver's Travels] - Jonathan Swift, Edward Bawden (illustrator)

1948 - The Folio Society, London - First Bawden Illustrated Edition
A handsomely bound Gulliver's Travels, the first edition to contain illustrations by Edward Bawden. 
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1904 - Dana Estes and Company, Boston - Limited Edition
‘Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’

A lovely three volume bound set of Tolstoy’s exquisite novel, charmingly illustrated by Louis Meynell. The Edition de Luxe, limited to 1000 copies of which this is number 405. Translated and edited from the Russian by Leo Wiener.

Set against the rich backdrop of 19th century Russia, the novel recounts the story of beautiful, rebellious Anna and her doomed love affair with the impetuous cavalry officer, Count Vronsky. When Anna rejects her passionless marriage to be with her lover, their liaison scandalises society and tragedy ensues. In contrast to this narrative of love and jealousy, Tolstoy weaves the tale of Levin, a young man striving to find contentment and meaning in his life, his experiences drawn from those of Tolstoy himself.
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Le Bon Bock - Various

1886 to 1906 - Privately Printed by Glyptographie Silvestre [1886-91] and then by E. Bernard [1892-1906] , Paris
An incredibly rare collection of nearly 300 original illustrated letterpress dinner invitations from Le Bon Bock society, whose soirees on the second Tuesday of each month in near Montmartre were frequented by Paris’ most flamboyant and original writers and artists of the La Belle Époque.

The artists competed to have their work used for the next invitation, and together with their work each invitation provides an account of the previous dinners activities, beginning with opening speeches, notices and announcements, and then other activities, which usually include poems, prose, texts, songs, instrumental pieces.

The invitations are dated from April 7th 1886 to October 5th 1906, with the first thirty or so addressed to Monsieur Régnier, one of the founders of the association. Individually rare, a collection of this size and association provides one of the most important associations of the Belle Époque in Paris.

Inspired by Edouard Manet’s painting
Le Bon Bock (The Good Pint), and the democratic, nationalistic ideals that it symbolised, Emile Bellot (the printmaker and model for Manet’s beer drinker) established the Bon Bock Society in 1875. Consisting mainly of artists, writers and performers, the society sought to re-define France’s national spirit by delving into the country’s cultural past. The inseparable ideals of freedom and humour within their community created opportunities for artistic experimentation; the Bon Bockers and their carefree attitude would go on to inspire generations of Montmartre natives for years to come. 
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1931 - George C. Harrap and Co., London - First Thus, Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
‘It breathes the very spirit of innocence, purity, and simplicity of the heart. There are many choice old verses interspersed in it; it would sweeten a man's temper at any time to read it’ – Charles Lamb on The Compleat Angler, in his letter to Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

A fine copy of Walton’s beloved celebration of the spirit of fishing, wonderfully illustrated by Arthur Rackham with 12 full page colour plates, including frontispiece, together with several other black and white in-text illustrations. 
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The Compleat Angler. - Izaak Walton, Charles Cotton

1929 - The Nonesuch Press, London - Number 18 of 1600 limited copies. First Thus, Illustrated by Thomas Poulton and Charles Sigrist
‘Indeed, my good scholar, we may say of angling, as Dr. Boteler said of strawberries,
" Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did ";
and so, if I might be judge, God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling

A lovely limited edtion of this handsomely produced edition of Izaak Walton's works, printed on fine laid paper, and edited by Geoffrey Keynes.

Wonderfully illustrated with six copperplate portraits of Walton, Donne, Wotton, Hooker, Herbert, and Sanderson, engraved by A. Alexander and Son with tissue; ten drawings of fish and lead weight by Charles Sigrist printed from line blocks and hand-coloured through stencil by the Curwen Press; and two seals of Donne redrawn by Thomas Poulton and printed in red.
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1902 - Freemantle & Company & J. B. Lippincott Company, London & Philadelphia - The Winchester Edition
A superb example of the beautifully presented two volume Winchester Edition, containing thirty full page etchings by D. Y. Cameron and William Strang, and forty two in-text engravings, and a folding facsimile of Izaak Walton’s Last Will and Testament.

The most enduring distinction of the
Complete Angler is the one cast off by its subtitle The Contemplative Man's Recreation with its graceful evocations of a life free from hurly-burly in the company of friends intent on physical and moral sustenance. The range of perspectives that Walton brings to bear on his rural descriptions embrace literature, poetry, music and anecdote. 
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The Plain Dealer, A Comedy, As it is Acted as the Theatre-Royal - bound with - The Country-Wife. A Comedy Acted at the Theatre-Royal - William Wycherley

1727 - Printed for Richard, London
An early edition of what are considered Wycherley’s two finest and sauciest works of Restoration Comedy.

The Plain Dealer, first performed on 11 December 1676, is based on Molière's Le Misanthrope, and was highly praised by John Dryden and John Dennis, though it was equally condemned for its obscenity by many.

Voltaire said of it, ‘
Je ne connais point de comédie chez les anciens ni chez les modernes où il y ait autant d'esprit’, and then adapted it to make his own play, titled La Prude

The title character is Captain Manly, a sailor who doubts the motives of everyone he meets except for his sweetheart, Olivia, and his friend, Vernish. When Olivia jilts him and marries Vernish, he attempts to gain revenge by sending a pageboy (who, unknown to him, is a girl in disguise and is in love with him) to seduce Olivia. When the truth of the page's identity is discovered, Manly marries her instead.

The Country Wife, a product of the tolerant early Restoration period, reflects an aristocratic and anti-Puritan ideology, and was controversial for its sexual explicitness even in its own time. The title itself contains a lewd pun. It is based on several plays by Molière, with added features that 1670s London audiences demanded: colloquial prose dialogue in place of Molière's verse, a complicated, fast-paced plot tangle, and many sex jokes. It turns on two indelicate plot devices: a rake's trick of pretending impotence to safely have clandestine affairs with married women, and the arrival in London of an inexperienced young "country wife", with her discovery of the joys of town life, especially the fascinating London men.

The scandalous trick and the frank language have for much of the play's history kept it off the stage and out of print. Between 1753 and 1924, The Country Wife was considered too outrageous to be performed at all.
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