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Hudibras. With Dr. Grey’s Annotations - Samuel Butler

1819 - Charles & Henry Baldwyn, London - New Edition, Corrected and Enlarged
Three volumes finely bound in early 20th century full tan calf. In addition to Butler’s ‘satirical polemic upon Roundheads, Puritans, Presbyterians and many of the other factions involved in the English Civil War’, this edition includes ‘The Author’s Life’ and an extensive introductory preface, combined with Zachary Grey’s details annotations throughout.

Illustrated with numerous woodcut vignettes and eight plates.
 
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The Pleasures of Hope, with other Poems - Thomas Campbell

1822 - Longman, London. Edinburgh - New Edition
A finely bound early edition of this Glaswegian poets most well known work, two parts bound in one, illustrated with engravings by C. Heath from paintings by R. Westall.

‘Thomas Campbell's enormously popular poem, which inverts the theme of Samuel Rogers's
The Pleasures of Memory, established the format that the series of poems on the pleasures would adopt for a generation to come’

In addition to his poetry and lecturing, Campbell was actively involved in the foundation of University College London (originally known as London University).
 
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The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook, with "The Death of Captain Cook" Plate - James Cook, John Hawkesworth, James King

1773 - Strahan, London - Second Edition, First Edition, Second Edition
A complete set of the best possible editions, superbly bound in full tree calf and with the additional ‘Death of Captain Cook’ drawn by the John Weber who witnessed the dispute and ensuing fight. Eight quarto volumes and the elephant folio volume of plates. Magnificently illustrated with two hundred and five engraved charts and plates, many of which are double page or larger.

There is no greater set of travel works, Cook was the first scientific navigator, these three voyages made great contributions to numerous fields of knowledge,, and did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than his predecessors had done together [Hill].

The first voyage is in its second and best edition, complete with the ‘
Directions for placing the cuts’ and the ‘Chart of the Straights of Magellan’, and with the new Preface containing Hawkesworth's virulent eight-page reply to Dalrymple's whining reviews of the first edition, and the whole volume revised by the voyage's astronomer William Wales.

The third voyage is in its second and best edition, with the printing by Hughs (rather than Strahan who printed the first edition) with the text itself entirely re-set. Isaac Smith presenting a set on behalf of Cook's widow in 1821 noted that '
I am desired by Mrs Cook to request your acceptance of the 4 books sent herewith being her Husbands last Voyage round the World, as a mark of her respect the letter press of the second edition being much superior to the first both in paper & letter press' (quoted by Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography, 85). King George III's copy of the official account, preserved in the British Library, is also an example of this second edition. This particular set with variant title pages, dated correctly, but without edition statement or vignette of Royal Society medal. 
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Present Indicative - Noël Coward

1937 - Doubleday, Garden City - First Edition
First edition of the first of Noël Coward’s autobiographies, sumptuously bound by Zaehnsdorf for Asprey’s of London, which he would have approved wholeheartedly.

Illustrated with numerous black and white photographs - ‘I was photographed naked on a cushion very early in life, an insane, toothless smile slitting my face and pleats of fat overlapping me like an ill-fitting overcoat. Later, at the age of two, I was photographed again. This time in a lace dress, leaning against a garden roller and laughing hysterically. If these photographs can be found they will adorn this book.’

‘Thus begins the life story of one of the most celebrated characters in British theatrical history. Displaying an early dedication to the theatre,
Present Indicative hints at the success that would come to Coward as actor, playwright, novelist and performer. Each line is punctuated with his trademark effervescent wit, making this book a comic tour de force in it's own right.’ [Methuen] 
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1934 - Oxford University Press, London - Fourth Edition
‘Oh for a lodge in some vast wilderness,
Some boundless contiguity of shade,
Where rumour of oppression and deceit,
Of unsuccessful or successful war,
Might never reach me more.’

A excellent copy – finely bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe – of the poetical works of William Cowper, including his poems ‘Epitaph on a Hare’ and ‘The Task’, together with his Olney Hymns and his translations from classical Latin and Greek verses. Edited and with a preface by H.S. Milford.
 
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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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Edmund Dulac's Fairy-Book - Fairy Tales of the Allied Nations - Edmund Dulac

1916 - Hodder & Stoughton, London - First Trade Edition
A finely bound first edition of Dulac’s large and beautifully illustrated ‘Fairy-Book’, with thirteen tipped-in colour plates.

‘The tales of this book, both written and illustrated by Dulac, were drawn from the folklore of Russia, England, Flanders, Belgium, Italy, France, Ireland, Serbia and Japan. Dulac was able to employ the full scope of his versatility in creating a national mood in each illustration. During this period of his work, Dulac had immersed himself in the artistic traditions of folklore.

He was partly stimulated by his friendship with Yeats (whose interest in Celtic folklore was legendary) and partly awakened to ethnic themes by his 1913 cruise through the eastern Mediterranean. Also at this time he was influenced by his encounters with the Russian-born designer Léon Bakst and Bakst's stage work for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes’ – Ann Hughey,
Edmund Dulac - His Book Illustrations. 
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The Life of an Actor. Dedicated to Edmund Kean, Esq. The Poetical Descriptions by T. Greenwood. Embellished with Twenty-seven Characteristic Scenes, etched by Theodore Lane; Enriched also with Several Original Designs on Wood, executed by Mr. Thompson - Pierce Egan, T. Greenwood, Theodore Lane (illustrator)

1825 - Printed for C.S. Arnold, London - First Edition
A finely bound example of Pierce Egan’s wonderful and amusing novel centred around Peregrine Proteus, and his various highs and lows attempting to pursue a career on the stage. Dedicated to Edmund Kean (1789-1833) the greatest of English tragic actors, a turbulent genius noted as much for his megalomania and ungovernable behaviour as for his portrayals of villains in Shakespearean plays.

Illustrated with twenty-seven hand-coloured aquatint plates by Theodore Lane and nine woodcut engravings by John Thompson (1785-1866).

Provenance: From the library of Major-General Sir Harold Augustus Wernher, 3rd Baronet (1893-1973) with his rather theatrical engraved armourial book plate.
 
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