Finely Bound Set of The Works of Shakespeare
The Works of William Shakespeare.
Item Number: 37019
London: Swan Sonnenschein & Company, 1880.
The Works of William Shakespeare, The Stratford-on-Avon edition. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt. Bound with 186 full page photogravures and photo-engravings. Edited by Alexander Dyce. In very good condition.
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London: Printed for H. Herringman, and are to be sold by Joseph Knight and Francis Saunders, 1685.
First edition of the Fourth Folio of Shakespeare. Bound in full brown morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine. The fourth folio is the final and most magnificent of the four 17th-century folio editions of Shakespeare’s plays. The Fourth Folio “contains the additional seven plays that first appeared in the 1663 edition [including the authentic Pericles, Prince of Tyre], as well as a good deal of correction and modernization of the text designed to make it easier to read and understand” (Folger’s Choice). Old paper repair to verso of title-page, several other very minor paper repairs. Some browning and minimal staining, a very good example. As in some other copies, as Greg notes, number of errors in signatures have been corrected in manuscript, presumably at the time of publication. Although there is no accurate census of the number of folios still extant today, it is believed that copies of each printing number only in the hundreds. The rarest form of the fourth folio. This is the rare Knight and Saunders issue, with their names on the title-page. W. W. Greg observes, “Since the title is entirely reset it is presumably a cancel printed after the volume was complete and perhaps republished, and designed for those copies that Herringman chose to issue through his own booksellers” (Greg III, 1121). In 1684, Herringman turned over the retail side of his business to Francis Saunders and his partner Joseph Knight. Fourth Folios almost invariably bear the imprints “Herringman-Brewster-Bentley” or “Herringman-Brewster-Chiswell-Bentley.”
Philadelphia: C. Sherman, 5605, 1845-46.
First edition of the “first English translation of the Pentateuch in America,” the 1845 Hebrew-English Bible by one of the most prominent and influential figures in American Jewish history. Octavo, 5 volumes. Translated by Isaac Leeser. Bound in contemporary polished calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, rebacked. Lightly rubbed, moderate wear. A very nice example of a scarce and important work.
"Offer here to your graces my best endeavors, discovering at large their imperfections": Finely bound edition of edward dacres' historic translation of machiavelli's discourses
Machiavel’s Discourses upon the First Decade of T. Livius, Translated out of the Italian. To which is Added his Prince: with some Marginal Animadversions Noting and Taxing His Errors.
London: Printed for Charles Harper...and John Amery, 1674.
Finely bound second edition of Edward Dacres’ historic translation of the works of Niccolo Machiavelli, including The Prince. Octavo, bound in full green morocco, gilt tiles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers. In very good condition, housed in a custom marbled slipcase. Rare.
"You have been the last dream of my soul": First Edition, First Issue of Charles Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities
London: Chapman and Hall, 1860.
First edition, first issue of one of Dickens’ most enduring work, with p. 213 misnumbered “113,” the signature mark “b” at the foot of the plate list, and the misspelling “affetcionately” on line 12, p. 134. Octavo, bound in three quarters contemporary calf over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers. Sixteen plates after H.K. Browne including frontispiece and title vignette. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear, bookplate. An exceptional example of this Dickens classic.