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Grock Life's a Lark, 'Grock'
1 'Grock' Grock Life's a Lark
London William Heinemann Ltd 1931 1931 First Edition Cloth Very Good 8vo. 
viii, 276 pp., illustrated in b/w. A couple of marks to rear board. Slight spotting to edges. 
Price: 45.00 GBP
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The Great Illegitimates. Public and Private Life of That Celebrated Actress Miss Bland, Otherwise Mrs. Ford, or, Mrs. Jordan; Late Mistress of H.R.H. The D. of Clarence; Now King William IV. Founder of the Fitzclarence Family... Being Mother of the Earl of Munster...Delineating The Vicissitudes Attendant on Her Early Life; The Splendor of Her Noon-tide Blaze, as Mistress of the Royal Duke; and Her Untimely Dissolution at St. Cloud, Near Paris, Resulting From a Broken Heart, A Confidential Friend of the Departed
2 A Confidential Friend of the Departed The Great Illegitimates. Public and Private Life of That Celebrated Actress Miss Bland, Otherwise Mrs. Ford, or, Mrs. Jordan; Late Mistress of H.R.H. The D. of Clarence; Now King William IV. Founder of the Fitzclarence Family... Being Mother of the Earl of Munster...Delineating The Vicissitudes Attendant on Her Early Life; The Splendor of Her Noon-tide Blaze, as Mistress of the Royal Duke; and Her Untimely Dissolution at St. Cloud, Near Paris, Resulting From a Broken Heart
London J. Duncombe c. 1832 1832 Half Calf Good 12mo. 
266 pp. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Leather title label to spine. Wear to joints and extremities. Boards rubbed. Scattered foxing and staining to leaves & plates. Frontis engraving of Mrs. Jordan and 10 further engraved portraits of King William IV and nine of her children. Binding firm. Good condition. 
Price: 125.00 GBP
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Howard Pyle. A Chronicle, Abbot, Charles D.; Wyeth, N. C.
3 Abbot, Charles D.; Wyeth, N. C. Howard Pyle. A Chronicle
New York and London Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1925 1925 First Edition Cloth Very Good Small 4to Pyle, Howard 
250pp. 38 b&w and 7 colour illustrations (most of these are full-page plates, some of the b&w are in-text illustrations). Very nicely typeset, in a slightly folksy American style. A lot of lightish foxing to colour frontispiece and title page, some lighter foxing immediately before and after. A few spots of light foxing in the text and along the fore-edge and a tiny bit of grubbying to very bottom corner, but otherwise nice and bright. Grey paper jacket quite grubbied and very chipped along the head, with some losses and is a bit speckled; spine is a tad rolled. Affectionate biography of the man who was not only founder of the school at Wilmington and teacher to artists such as N. C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Jessie Wilcox Smith and Frank E. Schoonover, but also one of America's best-loved illustrators. 
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In the Footsteps of Borrow and Fitzgerald, Adams, Morley
4 Adams, Morley In the Footsteps of Borrow and Fitzgerald
London Jarrold and Sons [1913] 1913 Hardback Good 8vo. 
262 pp, gilt lettered blue cloth, illustrated in b/w, foxing to some pages, some pencil notation in text and name in ink on f.e.p. 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth. In two volumes, Aikin, Lucy
5 Aikin, Lucy Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth. In two volumes
London Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown 1819 1819 Third Edition Full Calf Very Good 8vo. 
Two volumes. xvi, 488; vii, 522 pp. Contemporary calf with blind-stamped borders to front & rear boards. Recently rebacked in brown calf with black leather title labels. All edges marbled. Boards marked & rubbed. New endpapers. Bookplate to front endpapers. Foxing to prelims. Frontis portrait. 
Price: 95.00 GBP
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Rulers of India : Lord Lawrence and the Reconstruction of India Under the Crown, Aitchison, Charles
6 Aitchison, Charles Rulers of India : Lord Lawrence and the Reconstruction of India Under the Crown
Oxford At the Clarendon Press 1905 1905 Full Calf - Prize Binding Very Good 8vo. Prize Binding 
216 pp. Full brown calf. Raised bands to spine with gilt panels and black leather title label. Gilt school device of Framlingham College to front board and prize bookplate to front pastedown. All edges marbled and marbled endpapers. Bound by Relfe Brothers. Boards slightly darkened. Folding frontis map. Internally clean. 
Price: 45.00 GBP
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Treadmill to Oblivion, Allen, Fred
7 Allen, Fred Treadmill to Oblivion
U S A Little Brown & Co 1955 1955 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good 8vo. Hirschfeld 
240 pp, illustrated in b/w, dustwrapper has faded spine, a presentation by Fred Allen to film critic David Lewin. 
Price: 60.00 GBP
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My Thirty Years' War : An Autobiography, Anderson, Margaret
8 Anderson, Margaret My Thirty Years' War : An Autobiography
London Alfred A. Knopf 1930 1930 First Edition Cloth Very Good 8vo. 
274 pp. Publisher's original black cloth with orange lettering to front board & spine. Slight wear to spine ends and edge of spine. Neat ink owner's name to front pastedown. Photographic illustrations. Binding firm. 
Price: 30.00 GBP
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The Modern Portrait Gallery. In six volumes, Anon
9 Anon The Modern Portrait Gallery. In six volumes
London, Paris & New York Cassell, Petter & Galpin c. 1880 1880 Decorated Cloth Very Good 4to. 
In six volumes. 160 pp each volume. Original publisher's blue cloth with decorative gilt design to front boards and spines. All edges gilt. Yellow endpapers. Wear to spines at head & foot. Each volume contains 20 short biographies and a colour tissue-guarded chromolithograph of a Victorian worthy. Internally very clean. Gilt bindings bright. A VG set. 
Price: 150.00 GBP
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Letters Written by Eminent Persons in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, to Which are Added, Hearne's Journeys to Reading...and Lives of Eminent Men. In three volumes, Aubrey, John
10 Aubrey, John Letters Written by Eminent Persons in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, to Which are Added, Hearne's Journeys to Reading...and Lives of Eminent Men. In three volumes
London Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown 1813 1813 First Edition Boards Very Good 8vo. Ex-Library 
Three volumes (Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 in two parts). xxiii, 304; 352; 353-668 pp. Ex-library copies with usual markings. Quarter brown cloth over boards. Gilt lettering to spines. Boards covered in clear laminate. Internally clean. 'The whole now first published from the originals in the Bodleian Library and Ashmolean Museum, with biographical and literary illustrations.' Bindings firm. 
Price: 125.00 GBP
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A Bookseller Looks Back the Story of the Bains, Bain, James S.
11 Bain, James S. A Bookseller Looks Back the Story of the Bains
London Macmillan and Co 1940 1940 First Edition Hardback Very Good 8vo. 
304 pp, illustrated in b/w, some foxing to endpapers, with a foreword by Hugh Walpole. 
Price: 22.50 GBP
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The Questing Beast : An Autobiography, Baldwin, Oliver
12 Baldwin, Oliver The Questing Beast : An Autobiography
London Grayson & Grayson 1932 1932 Second Impression Cloth Very Good 8vo. 
244 p. Original orange cloth with lettering in black to front board & spine. Slight fading to spine. Bookplate to front pastedown. Internally clean. Know as Viscount Coverdale, and son of conservative PM Stanley Baldwin, he was a Labour MP for many years. He was openly homosexual. 
Price: 45.00 GBP
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Iris : A Memoir of Iris Murdoch [and] Iris and the Friends : A Year of Memories [and] Widower's House : The Last in a Trilogy. Three volumes, Bayley, John
13 Bayley, John Iris : A Memoir of Iris Murdoch [and] Iris and the Friends : A Year of Memories [and] Widower's House : The Last in a Trilogy. Three volumes
London Duckworth 1998 / 1999 / 2001 1998 0715628488 / 9780715628485 First Editions Hardcovers Near Fine 8vo. 
Three volumes. All first editions, with Bayley's signature on a label stuck to the title page of vol. 2. 189; 208; 205 pp. Hardbacks in dust jackets. All very clean copies. 
Price: 50.00 GBP
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The Life of Horace Binney, Binney, Charles Chauncey
14 Binney, Charles Chauncey The Life of Horace Binney
Philadelphia and London J.B. Lippincott Company 1903 1903 Cloth Good Large 8vo. 
xi., 460 pp., illustrated in b/w, top edge gilt, includes letter from the author, pinned to f.e.p no less. Binding loosening slightly, a touch of wear, bit of spotting to spine. 
Price: 30.00 GBP
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Petrarch and His World, Bishop, Morris
15 Bishop, Morris Petrarch and His World
Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A. Indiana Univ Press 1963 1963 Half Calf Very Good 8vo. 
399 pp. Tan half calf over cloth. Spine gilt. Top edge gilt. Previous owner's gilt initials to lower corner of front board. Scattered pencil notations, especially to rear endpapers. 
Price: 75.00 GBP
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D, Boswell,  James
16 Boswell, James The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D
London Griffin, Bohn and Co 1862 1862 New Edition Gilt Decorated Cloth Very Good 8vo. 
xii., 580 pp. light foxing to extremities, and a little mottling to the boards, but a bright clean copy 
Price: 30.00 GBP
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. In three volumes, Boswell, James
17 Boswell, James The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. In three volumes
London Macmillan and Co., Limited 1912 1912 Reprint Half Morocco Very Good 8vo. 
In 3 volumes. Dark green half morocco over green cloth. Raised bands to spines with gilt panels & lettering. Top edge gilt. Title pages in red & black. From Macmillan's Library of English Classics. Clean copies. No ownership names. Bindings clean and bright. 
Price: 250.00 GBP
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Including a Journal of His Tour to the Hebrides; By James Boswell. To Which are  Added, Anecdotes By Hawkins, Piozzi, Murphy, Tyers, Reynolds, Steevens, &c. And Notes By Various Hands., Boswell, James
18 Boswell, James The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Including a Journal of His Tour to the Hebrides; By James Boswell. To Which are Added, Anecdotes By Hawkins, Piozzi, Murphy, Tyers, Reynolds, Steevens, &c. And Notes By Various Hands.
London John Murray 1835 1835 Half Calf Very Good Small 8vo. 
10 volumes. Bound in a marbled burgundy calf by Ramage. Top edge gilt, marbled boards and endpapers. Armorial bookplate of Algernon Borthwick of Woodcote House. A very attractive set with an olive green title label to each volume, and extra gilt to the spines. Some rubbing to the boards. 
Price: 575.00 GBP
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Boswell's Life of Johnson [Samuel Johnson], Boswell, James ; Augustine Birrell (edited)
19 Boswell, James ; Augustine Birrell (edited) Boswell's Life of Johnson [Samuel Johnson]
London Archibald Constable & Co. Ltd 1906 1906 Half Calf Fine Small 8vo. 
6 volumes, small 8vo. Bound in an attractive tan calf by Ramage. Top edge gilt, marbled boards and endpapers. A very attractive set with extra gilt to the spines, and a small olive green volume number label to each volume. 17.5 cms tall 
Price: 400.00 GBP
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Boswell's Life of Johnson. Including Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a Journey Into North Wales. In six volumes, Boswell, James and edited by George Birkbeck Hill
20 Boswell, James and edited by George Birkbeck Hill Boswell's Life of Johnson. Including Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a Journey Into North Wales. In six volumes
New York Bigelow, Brown & Co., Inc. N.d. [c. 1900] 1900 Deluxe Edition Cloth Very Good 8vo. 
Complete in 6 volumes. Edition De Luxe. Publisher's full cloth with paper title labels to spines. Top edge gilt. Some dampstaining & marks to boards of vol. VI. One label slightly chipped. Occasional light foxing. Attractive bookplate to front pastedowns. Frontis to each volume. A VG set. 
Price: 150.00 GBP
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