Lit 19th Century & Before

Lit 19th Century & Before


  • The Writings of Mark Twain Author's Edition De Luxe

    By Mark Twain

    Our Price: $15,000.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112305364
    • Publisher: Chatto and Windus
    • Published: 1899
    25 Volumes. 8vo. LIMITED SIGNED EDITION, one of 600 copies (of total 620). SIGNED by author as both Mark Twain and S. L. Clemens at tipped-in colophon leaf of volume one. Printed at Hartford Press, Hartford Connecticut. Rebound in brick colored half morocco, dark blue title labels at spines; 5 raised bands, marbled paper-over-boards. T.e.g. Negligible rubbing to bottom edges of covers. Minute scrape to spine at bottom band of volume one. Mild narrow abrasion of a few inches at lower margin of general title page in each volume. Occasional light foxing to leaves. VG. THE SET:
  • Elia: Essays Which Have Appeared Under That Signature in the London Magazine; [together with] The Last Essays of Elia (Two Volumes)

    By [] Charles Lamb

    Our Price: $6,000.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112244489
    • Publisher: Printed for Taylor and Henry; Edward Moxon
    • Published: 1823; 1833
    2 volumes. 8vo. 1st editions, 1st issues. Presentation copy from Lamb to Shakespeare scholar J. Payne Collier, with Collier's inscription on verso of half-title page in 'Last Essays'. Rebound by Riviere in full dark green straight-grain morocco, with gilt decoration to spine, turn-ins, and margins of boards. A.e.g.; marbled endpapers. Minimal wear to joints. Later owner's bookplate to front paste-down of each volume. Slight foxing to first and last couple of pages in each volume. V2 has small, shallow staining to top edge of first and last couple of pages. V1 has occasional soiling or foxing to leaves, and foxing to fore-edge of textblock. A few leaves in V1 show faint diagonal creases to upper coner of a few leaves, now straightened (probably during rebinding), with tiny amount of loss to upper corner of one leaf. A handsome set overall. VG.
  • The History of Reynard the Fox

    By WIlliam Caxton

    Our Price: $5,500.00
    • Format: Wrappers
    • Publisher: Kelmscott Press / Bernard Quaritch
    • Published: 1892
    (Hammersmith). (Kelmscott Press). (1892). Small 4to. [Limited to 310 copies]. Full stiff vellum wraps with yapp edges and 6 ribbon ties, half of which are broken. Minor toning and warping to vellum, with light soiling to margins and spine. Light toning to leaves throughout. Previous owners' blookplates to front paste-down and free endpaper, causing minor offsetting. Light offsetting to endpapers from ribbon ties. A few brief pencil notations from previous booksellers to front endpapers. VG in vellum wrappers.
  • The Rape of the Lock, contained in Miscellaneous Poems and Translations

    By Alexander Pope []

    Our Price: $4,000.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781299664104
    • Publisher: Bernard Lintott
    • Published: 1712
    John Caryll had suggested to Pope that he write a poem about the incident in which Lord Petre had cut off a lock of Arabella Fermor's hair. While none of the characters were mentioned by name, charges of indecency were leveled against the poem, and Pope sought to make amends by undertaking to dedicate the second edition to Arabella Fermor herself. At this stage the poem was only 2 cantos long and the sylphs guarding Belinda had not been introduced. 8vo. 1st edition, 1st printing of Pope's RAPE OF THE LOCK. Frontispiece by E. Kirkall. Contemporary calf, rebacked preserving original spine, tips repaired. Some pencil writing to front and rear pastedowns. From collection of Abel E. Berland with ownership book plate to front pastedown. Some rubbing to joints, and edges. VG.
  • Steps to the Temple, Sacred Poems

    By Richard Crashaw

    Our Price: $3,500.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112251333
    • Publisher: Humphrey Moseley
    12mo. 2nd edition. Rebacked. Contemporary binding. Gilt lettering along backstrip. From the library of Abel E. Berland, with his bookplate on front pastedown. Wear to leatber. Browning and slight wrinkling to leaves. Chips to edges of a few leaves, not affecting text. Partially removed unidentified armorial on verso of title page. Otherwise, tight binding. VG.
  • The Waverley Novels

    By Sir Walter Scott

    Our Price: $2,750.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112329810
    • Publisher: The Chaucer Compnay
    51 Volumes. Small 4to. Limited Numberd Edition, one of 12 copies. 'Extra Illustrated Edition'. Each volume contains 3 frontispieces, one hand colored etching. Bound in dyed, crushed morocco; gold thistle ornament between raised bands and at corners of boards; armorial lion doublure; burgundy moire f.f.e.p. A.e.g. Some wear and darkening to spine ends. Rubbing and darkening to extremeties of covers. Front boards detached from volume one and fifty-one. VG. THE SET:
  • Hours of Idleness, A Series of Poems

    By Lord Byron

    Our Price: $2,750.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789110979161
    • Publisher: S. and J. Ridge
    • Published: 1807
    8vo. 1st edition, 1st issue, of author's 1st regularly published book. Full 19th century mottled calf by Bedford. T.e.g. Huth-Walmisley-Berland copy, with bookplates for all three. Some light wear to joints. Some tiny repairs to uncut edges, with a large repaired tear across Y4. VG.
  • The Novels of Tobias Smollett Large Paper Edition

    By Tobias Smollett

    Our Price: $2,000.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
    • Published: 1926
    8vo. LIMITED NUMBERED EDITION, one of 500 copies. Large Paper Edition, one of 500 copies. Signed binding by Riviere and Son. Full poilished calf; t.e.g; filleted boards, gilt ornament to spine, edges and turnins of boards. Fading to spines. A little rubbing to spine ends and fore-corners of boards; small chip to head of spine of volume one of 'Peregrine Pickle.' VG. THE SET:
  • Marriage A-la-Mode A Comedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal.

    By John Dryden

    Our Price: $1,750.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112226737
    • Publisher: Henry Herringman
    • Published: 1673
    Thin 8vo. 1st edition. Rebound in modern half leather; 5 raised bands and gold ornament at spine. With two bookplates at front pastedown, one being that of Abel E. Berland. Superficial rubbing to an inch of upper front joint. Early gift inscription inked to bottom margin of final leaf. VG.
  • Thomas Carlyle's Collected Works In 30 Volumes (34 Volumes)

    By Thomas Carlyle

    Our Price: $1,700.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112272703
    • Publisher: Chapman and Hall
    (London). (1870). 8vo. 30 volumes, plus 3 volumes of German translations, and an index volume (34 total). T.e.g. Quarter decorative red leather binding with marbled boards. Volume 1 has front board completely detached. Volume 2 and 5 have front board starting at tail. Moderate soiling of boards with minor edgewear throughout volumes. VG.
  • Waverley Novels

    By Sir Walter Scott

    Our Price: $1,600.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112427691
    • Publisher: Robert Cadell
    • Published: 1830
    48 volumes. Small 8vo. Contemporary full leather. Marbled edges. With engravings on steel. Light edgwear and chipping to leather of all volumes. Darkening to outer margins of front and rear end papers in all volumes. Hinges just starting in a few volumes. Dampstaining to rear end paper in one volume. Good. THE SET:
  • L'Annee Terrible

    By Victor Hugo

    Our Price: $1,500.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112215373
    • Publisher: Michel Levy Freres, Editeurs
    • Published: 1872
    8vo. Fifth edition. INSCRIBED by Hugo. Rebound in quarter leather. Text in French. Head of spine chipped, Couple inch split to backstrip at upper joints, binding intact. Some rubbing to edges of covers. Toning to leaves, occasional foxing and offsetting. VG.
  • 8vo. 1st edition. With additional accent at p. 11, mispellings 'Jaques', correct engravings, and three cancelled leaves. With frontis and errata/binder's note. Tchemerzine X, 32. Dufour 55. Early 19th-century mottled calf, some wear, just starting at upper corner rear joint. Gilt to spine rubbed. Two small neat owner stamps to prelims, pencil notes from previous dealer. Clean copy. VG.
  • The Letters of Horace Walpole: Earl of Oxford

    By Horace Walpole

    Our Price: $750.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Henry G. Bohn
    • Published: 1860
    9 volumes. 8vo. Half leather. Some wear to leather spine ends, especially to volumes 3, 8, and 9. Rubbing to boards with mild edgewear. Light foxing to slightly warped leaves of set. VG. THE SET:
  • The Waverley Novels (30 Volumes)

    By Sir Walter Scott

    Our Price: $750.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Harper & Brothers
    • Published: n.d.
    30 volumes. 8vo. Dark green half morocco over marbled boards, t.e.g.. Spines faded to brown. Edgewear to boards and spine ends, with discoloration to leather on some volumes. Foxing to first few pages of v.1; very occasional foxing to leaves and edges of textblocks. VG. THE SET: