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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. - James Boswell

1900 - Macmillan and Co., London
‘To write the Life of him who excelled all mankind in writing the lives of others, and who, whether we consider his extraordinary endowments, or his various works, has been equalled by few in any age, is an arduous, and may be reckoned in me a presumptuous task.’ - James Boswell.

A three-volume set, finely bound by Riviére. James Boswell’s epic biography of the extraordinary life and times of Samuel Johnson, was an immediate best seller when it was first published in 1791, and later acknowledged as ‘the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature’.

‘Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigourous mind’ - Samuel Johnson. 
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The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night - with - Supplemental Nights - Richard Burton

1903 - Printed by the Burton Club for Private Subscribers OnlyIllustrated Benares Edition limited to 1, 000 sets
A finely bound and complete seventeen volume set of Burton’s controversial translations which could only be printed privately due to the strict Victorian laws on obscene material. The first of the ‘Burton Club’ editions, profusely illustrated with 114 full page plates on vellum with tissue guards, of which 70 were by Albert Letchford.

‘...But when it was midnight Shahrázád awoke and signalled to her sister Dunyázád who sat up and said, "Allah upon thee, O my sister, recite to us some new story, delightsome and delectable wherewith to while away the waking hours of our latter night." "With joy and goodly gree," answered Shahrázád, "if this pious and auspicious King permit me." "Tell on," quoth the King who chanced to be sleepless and restless and therefore was pleased with the prospect of hearing her story.’ 
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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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Advice from a Lady of Quality to her Children, in the Last Stage of a Lingering Illness, In a Series of Evening-Conferences on the Most Interesting Subjects. Translated from the French [by Samuel Glasse]. - Louis-Antoine Caraccioli

1778 - Glocester: Printed by R. Raikes and Sold by J. F. and C. RivingtonFirst edition in English
The 18th century ‘Tuesdays With Morrie

A popular courtesy book written in a series of ‘conferences’ in the place of chapters. These include Virtue, Pride, Generosity, Female Conduct, Friendship, Love of Truth, Brotherly Love, Study, Pleasure, Ambition, Vanity, Relative Duty, Patriotism, Social Duties.

Unlike most courtesy books, Caraccioli's has the semblance of a plot and reads somewhat like a novel, which ends with the death of the main character. Advice from a Lady went through numerous editions in England and America.
 
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1876 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition, Presentation Binding one of 100 in red
With the small four page pamphlet 'An Easter Greeting to Every Child Who Loves Alice' dated Easter 1876, loosely inserted

‘Just the place for a Snark!’

A bright copy, and internally spotless –one of 100 in the deluxe presentation scarlet cloth binding, personally commissioned by Dodgson – of the author’s magnificent nonsense verse, the tale of the Bellman and his crew’s strange voyage in search of a Snark, and featuring an unlikely cast of characters drawn from his other works,
Jabberwocky and Through the Looking Glass Wonderfully illustrated with nine imaginative woodcuts by Henry Holiday.

‘The Hunting of the Snark is a poem over which an unstable, sensitive soul might very well go mad.’ - Martin Gardner, The Annotated Snark. 
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - together with - Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice found there - Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson], John Tenniel (illustrator)

1870 1872 - Macmillan and Co., London - Early Edition, First Edition
“Whilst Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were intended for children “fresh from God’s hand”, it is equally enthralling and delightfully magical for adults as they follow Alice on her vibrant adventures escorted by her famous companions. Who can possibly not have been carried away into the fantastically crazy world of the Mad Hatter? Or never have heard of Tweedledee and Tweedledum? Who cannot have been struck by Carroll’s love for sophisticated play with words?.” - Stephanie Chan.

A finely bound pair, in which Tenniel’s illustrations, 42 in
Wonderland and 50 in Looking-Glass, perfectly capture Alice’s upside-down world and are considered to be his finest and most enduring achievement. 
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The Cigar: By the Author of "Three Courses and a Dessert" - William Clarke

Circa 1835 - Sherwood, Paternoster Row - First Edition
We have endeavoured to make the Cigar like a true Havannah planted in the mouth of a skilful practitioner, retain its fire and fragrance to the last. The Cigar is of a masculine gender; it has been written by men to be read by men.’

Not a book about Cigars, but a small and extremely rare antique medley of humorous sketches by an underemployed Barrister, to accompany you cigar. With titles such as An Oyster Supper, The Opera Hat, Witchcraft Waggeries, Lady Viola’s Nipple, The Beef-Steak Cub, Smoking and Snuff Taking, Batchelor’s Antipathies, Social Bores and The Court of Love. With a number of in-text illustrations.

‘Bedecked with the gaudy tints of jollity and light-heartedness; but who will say that it contains not innumerable lessons which are well worth gathering and treasuring up as jewels of the memory, wherewith to illumine the dim and dangerous onward path of life? Our homily is quaint and joyous seeming, but the marrow of wisdom lurks within its core.’ 
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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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