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The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare with Explanatory Notes. To Which is Added, a Copious Index to the Remarkable Passages and Words.Ayscough, Samuel

John Stockdale, London, 1807
pp. [xxiv], 1079; engraved frontispiece.

Full leather rebind using a deep green Harmatan goat, raised bands, handsewn silk headbands, hand marbled end papers, 23c lettering and decoration.

The pictures show, firstly, the book with lined and sanded boards about to be covered with the pared and pitch marked leather and, secondly, the finished volume.



Charles Bell,Engravings of the Arteries, Illustrating the Second Volume of the Anatomy of the Human Body…and serving as An Introduction to the Surgery of the Arteries’, quarto (10¼” x 7¼”), London, T.N. Longman & O. Rees, 1801, pp 50, ten fine full page hand coloured engravings, publishers advertisements at end. Previous owner’s name and date (1829) in copperplate script top right title page, pages age darkened.

Fine Binding. Full reindeer leather with 23c decoration and lettering, leather joints, raised bands, hand marbled doublure and end paper, handmade paper fly leaves, all edges dyed and speckled, double core hand sewn silk head bands.

A1 & E2 sympathetically reproduced by binder.

An important work in the history of medicine.



The Nile; Notes for Travellers in Egypt
Budge, E.A. Wallis

Thos. Cook & Son, London, 1890
Fine/No Jacket
Hardcover’ 1st Edition
Full leather binding with gilt lettering and design to front and spine, marbled end papers, black/white illustrations throughout, partially coloured fold out map, duodecimo, pp. XIV & 311.

Full leather rebind with original front decorative wrap inlaid; fully resewn, rounded, backed etc; raised bands; head bands; 23carat gold lettering.



The Story Of Elaine
Dore, Gustave & Mallory, Sir Thomas

E. Moxon, Son & Co., London, 1871
Very Good/No Jacket
Hardcover, First Edition

Description: Red/brown blind stamped cloth with gilt decoration/lettering to front and spine, leather joints, complete with 9 large full page plates, elephant folio (540mm by 390mm), hand marbled end papers, top edge dyed and speckled, hand sewn silk head bands.

The book was brought to the shop as a collection of loose pages with detached boards. The pages were collated, guarded and resewn. The top edge was dyed and speckled before silk headbands were sewn in. The badly dented and frayed boards were edged with deep red/burgundy cloth to consolidate loose material and sharpen the corners. The leather joint and spine were attached before antique marbled papers were affixed as doublures and end papers, oversewn for extra strength given the size of the book. Finally the spine and title label were decorated and lettered with 23c gold.



Dr. Goldsmith, ‘A Natural History of Remarkable Beasts, Serpents, Insects, and Reptiles explaining their Natures, Dispositions, Habits &c. interspersed with several interesting characteristic anecdotes and embellished with numerous accurate engravings on wood’, no date/1820s, London, approx. 150 black/white wood cut illustrations, pp 184, 24mo. Previous owner’s inscription on title page dated February 1834.

Fine/Designer Binding. Full leather – light brown goat with red inlay; natural perch, black goat and alum tawed pig onlays; mother-of-pearl inlays; top edge gilt; blind tooled lettering; hand sewn silk head bands; Resho Bhutan end papers.

Cover illustration mimics crocodile wood cut from p. 121 in leather.



Lyman, H.M ( ‘The Practical Home Physician and Encyclopedia of Medicine: A Guide for the Household Management of Disease; Giving the History, Cause, Means of Prevention, and Symptoms of all Diseases of Men, Women and Children and Most Approved Methods of Treatment, with Plain Instructions, for The Care of the Sick. Full and accurate Directions for treating Wounds, Injuries, Poisons &c… specially revised and adapted to the Colonies of South Africa.

African Edition. Circa 1890, World Publishing, London, pp. 1142.

Designer binding. Fully resewn, dyed genuine morroco with hand painted inlay, hand sewn sild headbands.



Melville, Herman

Three Stories with Wood Engravings by Garrick Palmer

Folio Society, 1967, first thus (first Folio ed.), eight wood cut engravings throughout text.

Bound in full reindeer, top edge dyed and speckled blue/black, title/author tooled in 23c gold, title label and front decoration on lacunose blue dyed pig, front panel inlaid, leather and acrylic design after detail of wood cut p. 116, similiar leather rendered design in miniature to foot of spine, hand sewn silk headbands, coloured end papers.



Murray, Marischal; ‘Ships and South Africa; A Maritime Chronicle of the Cape with Particular Reference to Mail and Passenger Liners From the Early Days of Steam Down to the Present’.

OUP/Humphrey Milford, 1933, London, first ed. black/white frontispiece and plates throughout. Includes autograph letter by Murray sent with the book as a personal present, also newspaper cuttings and some pencil marginalia (possibly Murray).

Bound in full blue goat with leather inlays and silver/metallic tooling, paste paper end papers made by the binder, hand sewn silk headbands.

Murray Front & SpineMurray Paste Paper

Murray Boards

          US$ 350

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