The Works Of Robert Louis Stevenson.
Stevenson, Robert Louis.
“There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.”
Item Number: 2198
New York: Charles Scribner Sons, 1899.
Octavo, 24 volumes, 3/4 leather over marbled panels, raised bands with gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers, frontispiece of Robert Louis Stevenson. In very good condition. An attractive set of the complete works of Robert Louis Stevenson.
"Few writers have during their lifetime commanded so much admiration and regard from their fellow-craftsmen Energy of vision goes hand in hand with magic of presentment, and both words and things acquire new meaning and a new vitality under his touch" (DNB).
Other Books by this Author
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905.
Octavo, 26 volumes. 3/4 red leather, raised bands, gilt titles to the spine, gilt topstain. The biographical edition of the works of Robert Louis Stevenson in 26 volumes. In very good condition.
London: Folio Society, 2004.
First edition of the folio society edition. Octavo, 3 volumes, with the slipcase. In fine condition.
The Works of Shakespear (Shakespeare) In Six Volumes. Collated and Corrected by the former Editions, By Mr. Pope. [The Seventh Volume The Whole Revis’d and Corrected, with a Preface, by Dr. Sewell.]
London: Printed for Jacob Tonson in the Strand, 1723-1725..
First editions of Alexander Popes Shakespeare, with the supplementary seventh volume, rarely present, which was issued by another publisher in 1725 and included Venus and Adonis, the poems and an essay on the history of drama. One of 750 copies. Quarto, seven volumes. Bound in full contemporary leather, volume 7 bound in quarter leather, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers. Volume 1 with the engraved frontispiece of Shakespeare by George Vertue, engraved portrait of Alexander Pope. An excellent set in very good condition, rebacked.
The Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Battle of Life; Cricket on the Hearth; The Haunted Man and The Ghost’s Bargain.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1843-48..
First editions of all five of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Books, chief among them a first issue of A Christmas Carol, the veritable “Bible of Christmas.” Octavo, 5 volumes. Bound in full red polished calf by Zaehnsdorf, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Housed together in a custom slipcase. Illustrated with sixty-three engravings altogether, four in color, by Leech, Maclise, Stanfield, Doyle and Landseer. Christmas Carol is from the first issue, with uncorrected text (“Stave I” as the first chapter heading), the red-and-blue title page dated 1843, and the half title printed in blue. Four more books followed its success with four more Christmas books. In each book, he deftly develops the themes of the first, ideals that have consequently become inseparable from the holiday itself: love and redemption, charity and mercy. First edition of The Chimes, with second state of the engraved title page (publisher’s imprint is below the engraved title vignette); First edition of The Cricket on the Hearth, with second state of advertising leaf at rear (headed “New Edition of Oliver Twist”); First edition of The Battle of Life, with vignette title page in the fourth state (subtitled “A Love Story” on a scroll carried by an angel and without publisher’s imprint); First edition of Haunted Man and Ghost’s Bargain. 110-125. Smith II: 4-6, 8-9. Gimbel (Podeschi).
"A good countenance is a letter of recommendation": FIRST EDITION OF TOM JONES; FINELY BOUND BY BAYNTUN
London: Printed for A. Millar, 1749.
First edition, first issue. One of a first printing run of only 2,000 copies with errata leaf in Volume I, the errata uncorrected, and all cancels and final blanks, K12 in Volume I and R12 in Volume III (Rothschild 850). Finely bound in full crushed morocco by Bayntun, with red and black morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, raised bands, blind-stamped inner dentelles. A very nice set of first editions, finely bound by Bayntun.
The History of the Most Renowned Don Quixote of Mancha: And his Trusty Squire Sancho Pancha, Now Made English according to the Humour of our Modern Language. And Adorned with several Copper Plates.
London: Printed by Tho. Hodgkin, and are to be sold by John Newton, 1687.
First edition of the first illustrated edition in English of Don Quixote. Folio, bound in full brown calf to period, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, red morocco spine label. With copper-engraved frontispiece and eight copper-engraved plates, each bearing two images. From the library at Brandon on the James, the plantation home to the Harrisons in Virginia. Translated by John Phillips. In very good condition with all plates present. Some minor wear and a small paper repair to one page. An exceptional example of this rarity.